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Breast Cancer Screening 

Breast Cancer Screening
Chapter:
Breast Cancer Screening
Source:
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)
Author(s):

Rory C. Weier

, Sarah A. Reisinger

, and Electra D. Paskett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199363315.003.0009

Among women in the United States, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death, following lung cancer. In 2013, 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 64,640 new cases of in situ breast cancer were expected among women in the U.S. If this breast cancer incidence rate remains constant, a woman born today will have a one in eight chance of developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Although screening offers the potential for earlier detection of tumors, resulting in better outcomes, screening modalities are imperfect and breast cancer screening tests are not utilized optimally by all women. This chapter focuses on breast cancer among women and describes risk factors; validated early detection methods; screening patterns; factors associated with screening uptake, including psychological factors; community-level interventions; and suggestions for future work.

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