Do Mammograms Really Save Lives? [Infographic]

One of the highest funded medical research programs, developing treatments and finding a cure for breast cancer is the key to saving the lives of women all over the world. But how effective is early detection really? And does it help save lives?

The most extensive study on mammograms to date was released in February of 2014. Analyzing nearly 90,000 women over the course of 25 years, the study found that mammograms do not reduce breast cancer death rates. And in fact, mammograms are one of the top causes of overdiagnosis in those who were screened. The consequences of a misdiagnosis and an overdiagnosis are needless radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy that could be just as harmful and dangerous as the breast cancer itself, not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars it costs on average for early stage breast cancer treatment.

It’s always a good idea to get a mammogram if you feel you need to, but that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. Be smart and regularly self-exam; if you find a lump, talk to your doctor right away. Take a look at this infographic for more and don’t forget to like and share with your friends. It might save someone’s life!


Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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