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It was found that women having a mammogram during the past two years decreased from 76.4 percent in 2000 to 74.6 percent in 2005, which is a statistically significant difference.

"Are women getting prevention complacency, as with anything we do that is routine?" Lichtenfeld asked. "And do we have enough facilities? There is also an increasing number of uninsured and underinsured. There is no clear simple explanation."

Experts insist that mammograms are lifesaving and women over 40 should take it very seriously.

"Although breast cancer can't be completely prevented, screening mammography can be used to detect breast cancer early, before it's big enough to feel or cause symptoms," Ryerson said. "Really early detection is important, because when the cancer is found and treated at an early stage, the risk of dying from the disease is lower."

"If you're a woman over 40 and have never had one or have, and it's been more than two years, it's essential that you contact your health-care provider and get one scheduled," she said.


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