Breast cancer screening: an evidence-based update

Med Clin North Am. 2015 May;99(3):451-68. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2015.01.002. Epub 2015 Mar 5.


Routine screening mammography is recommended by most groups issuing breast cancer screening guidelines, especially for women 50 years of age and older. However, both the potential benefits and risks of screening should be discussed with individual patients to allow for shared decision making regarding their participation in screening, age of commencement and conclusion, and interval of mammography screening.

Keywords: Breast cancer screening; Breast self-examination; Clinical breast examination; Informed decision making; MRI; Mammography; Overdiagnosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Decision Making
  • Early Detection of Cancer / methods*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography / methods*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sensitivity and Specificity