Almost all of us know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s the second most common cancer found in women (after skin cancer). More than 192,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year, and women have a one-in-eight chance of developing breast cancer at some point in their lives.
But breast cancer is also very treatable—especially if it’s detected early. According to the American Cancer Society, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, with the largest decreases occurring in women under 50. This is attributed to both improved treatment and earlier detection through screenings such as regular mammograms.
This page provides our answers to our most frequently-asked questions about breast cancer and mammograms.