Over the past two to three decades, advocacy groups have worked to increase public awareness of breast cancer.
Many of the awareness campaigns have focused on mammography screening for early detection of cancer as the main action step that women should take in response to their general awareness of breast cancer as a health risk.
Presumably in large part as a result of these awareness efforts, more women are now being screened for breast cancer. In a 2011 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 66% of women over 40 reported having had a mammogram within the past two years.(1)
But is this enough for us to be able to say that the breast cancer advocacy movement has been a “success”?