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Breast Cancer Screening
US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation

The USPSTF recommends screening mammography, with or without clinical breast examination, every 1-2 years for women aged 40 and older

USPSTF Rating: "B" Recommendation


  • Mammography current prevents 12,000 deaths from breast cancer annually.
  • About 1 in 4 women over age 40 are not getting screening at recommended intervals.
This service's Technical Report (pdf) includes details on the literature used and approach taken to estimate this service's health impact and cost effectiveness.
  1. Maciosek, M. V.; Solberg, L. I.; Edwards, N. M. Breast cancer screening. Technical report prepared for the National Commission on Prevention Priorities.2006. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Health Interview Survey 2003 Public Use Data Set. [Web Page]; http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm