Mammograms are like standing in a lush garden, searching for a single dandelion among many normal flowers. Sometimes you will miss a single dandelion hiding under another flower. Mammograms, unfortunately, are not perfect, missing an average of 16% of cancers.3 These unseen masses are sometimes the ones found through self-examination.
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- Performance Measures for 1,838,372 Screening Mammography Examinations1 from 2004 to 2008 by Age -- based on BCSC data through 2009. Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. http://breastscreening.cancer.gov/data/performance/screening/2009/perf_age.html. Accessed February 14, 2017.