Mammography screening reduces breast cancer mortality 25-30% for women ages 50 – 70 and 18% for women ages 40 – 50.

Early detection gives women new options for breast conserving therapy.

4 in 10 women do not get annual mammograms.

Mammography is a low-dose x-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt.

Mammography is the single most effective method of early detection.

Screening mammography is an x-ray examination of the breasts with no known breast problems.

Diagnostic mammography is an x-ray examination of the breast(s) with a known problem such as a lump, pain, nipple discharge or thickening, or any unusual changes in the breasts.

A diagnostic mammogram involves various images of the breasts to rule-out breast cancer or clarify a suspicious area of the breast.

On average, mammography will detect about 80% – 90% of breast cancers in women without symptoms.

Women over 40 should have an annual mammogram.

(statistics from The American Cancer Society, 2009)