72,000 women were followed by researchers over a 10 year period to get a feel for how many in the population are really good about getting yearly mammograms as suggested over age 40. So, what do you think the percentage was?
It was just 6%, and that was a surprise to Harvard Medical School, where researchers expected that awareness campaigns were convincing women to get yearly mammograms to increase their chance of surviving breast cancer. But instead of yearly, as recommended by the American Cancer Society, the study showed the average was five mammograms in a decade.
In other words, a lot of women are letting one year slip into two years between appointments. And since about 40,000 women die of breast cancer every year, researchers say the finding is a wake-up call for patients over age 40 to make sure their mammogram is a yearly commitment.