Breast cancer

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a cancer that begins in breast tissue. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Some women are at higher risk of breast cancer than others because of their personal or family history.

Do I need to be screened for breast cancer?

Screening can increase your chance of survival with breast cancer if you catch it early. For women 50 to 74 years old who are not at high risk, screening every other year is recommended. Women over 40 may want to talk to their doctor about when to begin screening.1 Breast cancer screening is done using a mammogram.


  1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2018). Final Update Summary: Breast Cancer Screening.

Source: Page last updated: April 05, 2018.

December 7, 2020
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