National Breast Cancer Coalition

Truth #19


Mammography is not prevention.
Getting regular mammograms does not
prevent you from getting breast cancer.

Mammography is a screening test to detect cancer already present in the breast. It does not prevent cancer, nor will it definitively detect the disease. Continuing with mammography screening is a personal choice, but it does not determine what causes breast cancer, nor will it cure the disease.

To learn more, read NBCC’s position on mammography screening.