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Last Updated: 6/5/2015  

Screening for Breast Cancer

  • Know that breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among women in the U.S.

  • Know that age alone remains the greatest risk factor for breast cancer, and most new breast cancer cases occur in women with no other known risk factors.

  • Recognize that mammography remains the most widely studied breast cancer screening modality and the only available screening modality that has been shown to reduce mortality.

  • Recognize that the best evidence of routine mammographic screening efficacy exists for average-risk women aged 50 to 69 years.

  • Identify patients at increased risk for breast cancer who require tailored screening strategies based on personal history (i.e., thoracic irradiation) or family history (i.e., known or suspected hereditary breast cancer syndromes).

DOI: 10.7326/s369
The information included herein should never be used as a substitute for clinical judgment and does not represent an official position of ACP.
Author(s) and Disclosures:
Teresa Cheng, MD, MSc has nothing to disclose. Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH has nothing to disclose. Sarah E. Caron, MPH has nothing to disclose. Pamela Ganschow, MD has nothing to disclose. Tracy A. Battaglia, MD, MPH has nothing to disclose. Teresa Cheng, MD, MSc has nothing to disclose. Sarah E. Caron, MPH has nothing to disclose. Elizabeth Karwowski, MD has nothing to disclose.

One or more of the present or past ACP Smart Medicine physician editors worked on this module and had nothing to disclose: Davoren Chick, MD, FACP; Deborah Korenstein, MD, FACP; Marjorie Lazoff, MD; Richard Lynn, MD, FACP.

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