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Early detection of cancer increases treatment options and the chances for survival.1 Mammography, the most effective method for detecting breast cancer at its early stages,4 can identify malignancies before they can be felt and before symptoms develop. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends mammograms every 1-2 years for women age 40 and older.5
Figure 2.1. Women age 40 and over who report they had a mammogram within the past 2 years, 2000, 2002
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2000, 2002.
Key: Above average = mammography rate is significantly above the all-States average in both 2000 and 2002. Below average = mammography rate is significantly below the all-States average in both 2000 and 2002.
Note: "All-States average" is the average of all responding States (51 in this case), which is a separate figure from the national average.
- Six Statesiii were significantly above the average for all States in both 2000 and 2002, with a combined average mammography rate of 80.2% in 2002 (Figure 2.1).
- For 2003, the national mammography rate (received within the past 2 years) was 69.5% (National Health Interview Survey). This is very close to the Healthy People 2010 target of 70% but not significantly different from the national rate in 2000.
iii The six States are New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Delaware.
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