Are you confused by all the information and ongoing “debates” about mammography screening for breast cancer? You’re not alone. As a trained public health worker, I’m very aware that understanding the harms and benefits of routine breast cancer screening can be overwhelming.
So with this in mind, and in response to ongoing emails, phone calls and questions from so many of you about mammography, we’ve developed a new brochure. It’s designed to provide information about breast cancer screening for women of “average risk” who don’t have a family history of breast cancer, have not been diagnosed with breast cancer, and have no other known risk factors.
As the watchdog of the breast cancer movement, we’ve been paying close attention to the issue of mammography screening for years, and we’ve been carefully reviewing all the research along the way.
This brochure can be of service to you in your thinking about whether or not you should get a mammogram. Our strict corporate contributions policy means that when we review the evidence about mammography, we do it from an unbiased, patient-centered perspective.
I sincerely hope this brochure will help you more fully understand the harms and benefits of mammography screening so that you can make the decisions that are right for you, based on the evidence and your own values and priorities.