National Breast Cancer Coalition

Myth #6: Mammograms prevent breast cancer

FALSE. 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.

The bottom line is mammography does not prevent breast cancer. Continuing with mammography screening is a personal choice, but it does not determine what causes breast cancer, nor will it cure the disease. Ultimately, resources must be devoted to finding effective preventions and treatments for breast cancer and tools that truly detect breast cancer at a time where an intervention will help.

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