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Breast Cancer Screening Rates

Breast cancer screening means checking a woman's breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.

Source for graph data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cancer screening—United States, 2010. MMWR 2012;61(3):41–45.

Mammography Percentages by Race and Ethnicity

The graph below shows the percentage of women aged 50–74 years who had a mammogram in the last two years, grouped by race and ethnicity.

Women aged 50–74 years who reported having a mammogram within the past 2 years, by race and ethnicity, in 2010Bar graph showing the percentage of American women between the ages of 50 and 74 who reported having a mammogram in the last two years, by race and ethnicity. The data points are shown in the table below.

Race or EthnicityPercentage
Black/African American73.2
American Indian/Alaska Native69.4