October 20, 2015
We commend the American Cancer Society (ACS) for recognizing that breast cancer often does not wait until age 50 to strike and women in their 40s do need annual mammograms. The Prevent Cancer Foundation will continue to recommend that women begin annual mammography screening at age 40 with no barriers to access or cost-sharing. It is critical that insurance plans cover these screenings for possible lifesaving early detection.
Research has validated that when breast cancer is detected early and treated before it spreads, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent. Since 1990, breast cancer mortality has decreased by 34 percent, due to early detection and improved treatment.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation continues to believe it is crucial for women to have yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. Annual screening after 40 will increase their odds of early detection and successful treatment outcomes.