Of Breast Cancer Diagnoses in 2015, One in Five Were Women Under 50April 21, 2016

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Early Detection is the Healthiest Choice

ADDISON, TEXAS (April 29, 2016) – The American Cancer Society just released their 2015-2016 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures report where they estimate in 2015, 231,840 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and of that, 46,350 (20 percent) were diagnosed under the age of 50. The American Cancer Society cites in their 2015-2016 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures report, “Mammography is the single most effective method of early detection since it can often identify cancer several years before physical symptoms develop.” Mammography screening has been documented by the American Cancer Society to have helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 36 percent since widespread screening was implemented.  Yet new and conflicting recommendations have been released, confusing women on whether to start their mammography screenings at 40, 45 or 50; whether to go annually or every other year; and even whether or not to conduct self-breast examinations.

For nearly 25 years, women have been told to begin regular annual mammograms at the age of 40, and the radiologists at Solis Mammography – along with a host of other notable organizations including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging – all concur that a woman should begin her annual screening at age 40.

Study after study shows that the earlier a woman finds an issue, the better her options and outcomes. According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year survival rate is 100 percent for women diagnosed with stage 0 and 1 breast cancer.

As the 30-year leader in women’s breast health, Solis Mammography has created an infographic to help promote the importance of early detection and clear up some of the confusion caused by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

“Early detection can and does help women under 50 every day. Research