Breast Cancer Screening

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In 2018, 72.8% of women aged 50-74 years had a mammogram within the past 2 years.

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Introduction

Mammography screening uses an x-ray of the breast to look for tumors in women who don’t have symptoms. This screening method allows for the earlier detection of breast cancer, which, when followed by timely treatment, can help reduce deaths due to the disease. In part because age is the most important risk factor for breast cancer, women aged 60 to 69 years are likely to derive the greatest absolute benefit from screening.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women aged 50 to 74 years receive a mammogram every 2 years, and that women aged 40 to 49 years make an individual decision regarding screening.

Measure

The percentage of women aged 50 to 74 years who reported having had a mammogram within the past 2 years, by race/ethnicity, income, and education level.

Healthy People 2020 Target

  • Increase to 81.1 percent the proportion of women aged 50 to 74 years who have received a breast cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Note: Goals are indicated as blue line on Detailed Trend Graphs.

Data Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 1987–2018.

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By Race/Ethnicity

Percent of females aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by race/ethnicity, 1987-2018
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Percent of women 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of females aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by race/ethnicity, 1987-2018 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 72.8 71.3 - 74.2
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 73.1 71.4 - 74.7
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 73.8 69.1 - 77.9
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 71.5 66.5 - 76.0

By Poverty Income Level

Percent of females aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by poverty income level, 1998-2018
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Percent of women 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of females aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by poverty income level, 1998-2018 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 61.1 57.9 - 64.2
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 76.7 75.1 - 78.3

By Education Level

Percent of females aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by highest level of education obtained, 1987-2018
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2018)
Percent of women 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of females aged 50-74 years who had mammography within the past 2 years by highest level of education obtained, 1987-2018 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 63.4 58.3 - 68.2
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 69.2 66.2 - 72.1
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 76.3 74.6 - 78.0

Evidence-based Resources

Resources are available on breast cancer screening to allow for the prioritization of cancer control efforts and the development, implementation and evaluation of cancer control plans.  State and local level breast cancer data, research-tested interventions, state plans, discussions and more are available on Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. – breast cancer.

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Statistics

Year Range

1987-2018

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2013-2018

Summary Tables

Breast and Cervical Cancers

Recent Summary Trend

Stable

Desired Direction

Rising