One of the greatest benefits to getting a Mammogram is that it increases the chances of catching breast cancer at the early stages when it is most treatable.
The 5-year survival rate for women with stages 0 or I breast cancer is 99%, although most women live far longer. Once breast cancer moves to stage II, the survival rate drops to 93%, and at stage III down to 72% .
An annual Mammogram can aid in catching a tumor before it advances to stage II or III.
Early detection is key, which is why you should supplement your annual Mammogram with a monthly self examination. Any changes in your breast should be looked at as soon as possible by a breast care professional to rule out cancer. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a wonderful page dedicated to teaching women how to perform a self examination.