The conversation about cancer screening is changing within the medical community. Overall, the recent trends have been towards recommending less routine screening, not more. These recommendations are based on an evolving—if counterintuitive—understanding that more screening does not necessarily translate into fewer cancer deaths and that some screening may actually do more harm than good. For some common cancer types, such as cervical, colorectal, lung, and breast cancer, clinical trials have shown that screening does save lives. However, the amount of benefit is largely misunderstood. For mammography in women aged 50 to 59, for example, more than 1, women need to be screened to save one life.
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Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations for Women at Average Risk
There are many different kinds of breast cancer surgery. The type of surgery you have had will determine whether you need to get mammograms in the future. If you have had a mastectomy , you most likely won't need a mammogram of that breast. However, if you had surgery of any type on only one breast, you will still need to get mammograms of the unaffected breast.
Breast Cancer Early Detection and Diagnosis
By Lauren Steussy. May 28, pm Updated May 28, pm. A few weeks prior, she felt a pea-sized lump in her breast, which her gynecologist believed was just a cyst. Silber insisted on getting a mammogram, typically considered the gold standard for catching breast cancer.
Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer, and for those at high risk for breast cancer. The goal of screening tests for breast cancer is to find it before it causes symptoms like a lump that can be felt.