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Breast Cancer Screening (PDQ®)

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Changes to This Summary (04/02/2015)

The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.

Mammography—Variables Associated with Accuracy

Revised text to state that using a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results–Medicare linked database, the use of new screening mammography modalities by more than 270,000 women aged 65 years and older in two time periods, 2001 to 2002 and 2008 to 2009, was examined.

Harms of Screening Mammography

Added text to state that the radiation exposure from mammography is to the breast, with a lower effective dose to the whole body of 0.29 mSv.

This summary is written and maintained by the PDQ Screening and Prevention Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of NCI. The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. More information about summary policies and the role of the PDQ Editorial Boards in maintaining the PDQ summaries can be found on the About This PDQ Summary and PDQ NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database pages.

  • Updated: April 2, 2015