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American Cancer Society 2012 - Mammography Facts & Statistics 

Mammography Rates are Steady

After increasing for many years, the percentage of women getting mammograms has leveled off over the past decade. 

Screening rates between 1987 and 2012:

  • 1987: 29%
  • 2000:70%
  • 2005-2010: 67% 

Who’s Not Getting Their Mammograms?

Regardless of overall mammography rates, there are still some groups of women who are not receiving these lifesaving screening tests. 


  • Of insured women, 29% are not getting their mammograms
  • Of uninsured women, 68% are not getting their mammograms 

Education Level

  • Of college graduates, 25% are not getting their mammograms
  • Of those with less than 12 years of education, 48% are not getting their mammograms

More Birthdays Have Been Celebrated

With mammography and improvements in treatment, breast cancer death rates are dropping. That means that more than 17,000 more birthdays have been celebrated since 1991 that otherwise would have been lost to breast cancer. 

  • Breast cancer death rate: Down 33% between 1990 and 2009
  • In 1990, there were 33 deaths per 100,000 women
  • In 2009, there were 22 deaths per 100,000 women

Get Screened and Encourage Others

Mammograms can help find breast cancer early, when treatments are more likely to be successful. If you’re 40 or older, get a mammogram every year and invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to do the same. 

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