Introduction

Why is there a decision to make about having mammograms to screen for breast cancer?

A mammogram every two years to screen for breast cancer reduces the chance of dying from breast cancer among women aged 50 to 69 years.

Benefits of screening are likely to be less for women in the 40s, and may not outweigh the downsides of screening at this age.1,2 Therefore, you may want to consider whether you want to start screening now or later.

 

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