National Mammography Day: What You Need to Know


With today being National Mammography Day, here are the latest updates in mammography research.

Since 1990, mammography has helped to reduce breast cancer mortality in the US by almost 40% according to the American College of Radiology.

With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) leading some patients to choose to delay their mammograms, approximately 35,000 breast cancer diagnoses could be delayed, and 5200 more women may die in the US over the next decade as a result of the spring-summer pause in screening. Though receiving a mammogram may not currently be considered high priority by some patients, it is important to note that 3 out of 4 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered to be high-risk.

In light of National Mammography Day, here is a round-up of the latest news and updates that focus on the role of mammography in breast cancer diagnoses:

  • A systematic review highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of existing decision aids for women with an average risk of breast cancer who are eligible for mammographic screening.
  • A study found that active smoking in women is strongly associated with a decrease in use of cancer screening services as well as more advanced cancer stage at the time of diagnosis.
  • Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, discussed delays in screening and diagnosis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


American College of Radiology. Mammography Saves Lives. ACR website. Published 2020. Accessed October 15, 2020.

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