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New National Poll: 89 Percent of Women Said Mammograms Vital to Their Health
September 27, 2011
According to a recent poll of 1,000 American voters conducted for the American College of Radiology, nearly 9-in-10 women reported that having a regular mammogram gave them a feeling of control over their own health care. Nearly 90 percent of women who had a mammogram considered mammograms important to their health and well-being.
The poll, conducted Aug. 31 – Sept. 6, also showed that 86 percent of women report having a mammogram in last two years.
“I'm encouraged that poll results show that nearly 9-in-10 women voters are getting regular mammograms. However, I think we need to continue to stress to women and health care providers that mammography saves lives,” said Barbara S. Monsees, MD, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.
Mammography has helped reduce the breast cancer death rate by more than 30 percent since 1990. Every major medical organization with expertise in breast cancer now recommends women get annual mammograms starting at age 40. However, the number of mammography facilities nationwide continues to decline. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there are now 223 fewer mammography facilities and 1,331 fewer mammography scanners available to American women than in July 2007.
“Mammography is the best tool available to screen for breast cancer. At present, there is nothing to replace it. We need to make sure that women get the information they need to make informed decisions and to protect and enhance access to life-saving mammograms,” said Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, president of the Society of Breast Imaging.
The American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD) launched the Mammography Saves Lives™ campaign in late 2009. The Mammography Saves Lives coalition produced a series of TV and radio public service announcements airing nationwide.
Women can visit www.MammographySavesLives.org to:
• Sign up to receive an annual reminder email to receive a mammogram
• Find scientific information regarding why they need to start mammography at age 40
• Hear from leading breast cancer experts why annual mammograms save lives
• Share their story of breast cancer survival and
• Find an ACR accredited mammography facility near them
To arrange an interview with a Mammography Saves Lives physician, please contact Heather Curry at 703-390-9822 or PR@acr.org.