Breast Cancer Screening

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In 2015, 71.6% of women aged 50-74 years had a mammogram within the past 2 years.

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Introduction

Mammography screening uses an x-ray of the breast to look for disease in women who don’t have symptoms. This screening method allows for the early detection of breast cancer, which helps increase survival, especially in women aged 50 to 69 years.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women aged 50 to 74 years receive a mammogram at least once every 2 years. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Executive Board recommends further that women aged 40 years and older be offered screening mammography annually. Regular screening mammograms, followed by timely treatment when breast cancer is diagnosed, can help women improve their chances of survival.

Measure

The percentage of women aged 40 years and older, accounting for race/ethnicity, income, and education level, who reported having had a mammogram within the past 2 years.

Healthy People 2020 Target

  • Increase to 81.1 percent the proportion of women aged 50 to 74 years who have received a breast cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 1987–2015.

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By Race/Ethnicity

Percent of women aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by race/ethnicity, 1987-2015
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Percent of women Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of women aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by race/ethnicity, 1987-2015 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 71.6 (70.1 - 73.0)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 71.6 (69.8 - 73.4)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 74.2 (70.4 - 78.1)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 72.2 (68.2 - 76.2)

By Poverty Income Level

Percent of women aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by poverty income level, 1998-2015
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Percent of women Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of women aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by poverty income level, 1998-2015 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 61.0 (58.1 - 63.8)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 75.5 (73.7 - 77.3)

By Education Level

Percent of women aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by highest level of education obtained, 1987-2015
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Percent of women Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of women aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by highest level of education obtained, 1987-2015 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 60.1 (55.5 - 64.6)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 68.1 (65.1 - 71.2)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 75.0 (73.3 - 76.7)

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Year Range

1987-2015

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2010-2015

Summary Tables

Breast and Cervical Cancers

Recent Summary Trend

Stable

Desired Direction

Rising