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In South Carolina, approximately 3,740 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 670 die from the disease each year. Breast cancer starts when the cells in the breast begin to grow abnormally. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on a mammogram or felt as a lump. Breast cancer occurs most commonly in women, but men can get it, too.

The USPSTF recommends that women in their 40s should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms, and women ages 50-74 should get mammograms every other year. Since 1989, death rates from breast cancer have been declining, which is largely believed to be the result of early detection through screening, increased awareness, and improved treatment. Currently, there are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. Survivors face a lifetime of follow-up care and residual worries about life after breast cancer, including possible recurrence. 

Search for “breast” at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org for details about screening strategies.