Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before it causes any warning signs or symptoms. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest.
Regular screening tests cannot prevent breast cancer, but they can reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer (along with follow-up tests and treatment, if diagnosed).
Breast cancer screening is important for all women. If you are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, you may need to be screened earlier and more often than women at average risk.
Breast cancer screening is only recommended for some men at high risk due to an inherited gene mutation or strong family history of breast cancer.
Learn more about the different types of screening tests; including:
Women Should Have Access to and Coverage for Mammography
Susan G. Komen believes all women should have access to regular screening mammograms when they and their health care providers decide it is best based on their personal risk of breast cancer. In addition, screening should be covered by insurance companies, government programs, and other third-party payers. Read more from our press release.