Most Breast Cancer Deaths Occur in Younger, Unscreened Women: Study

Mammograms should begin at age 40, researcher says

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One-third of deaths among those who did get screened regularly were attributed to "interval cancers," those detected in between the mammograms done every two years. Although this shows that getting regular mammograms doesn't entirely eliminate the risk of dying from breast cancer, Smith said, "the message here is that mammography is a good part of your prevention plan."

If the cancer is detected early, options for breast-conserving surgery are greater and the risk of dying from the cancer is reduced, he said.

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To learn more about mammography, visit the American Cancer Society.

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