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Today, statistics show that one out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. Breast cancer is best treated when it is found early. Early detection of breast cancer is best diagnosed with a combination of monthly breast self-examination, physical examination by a physician, and mammography. A mammography exam is a special breast x-ray examination that can detect up to 90% of breast cancers.

Male breast cancer incidence is small but it is important to know that men can be affected by this disease also.

The Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA) (42 USC 263b) was enacted to ensure that all women have access to quality mammography. Effective October 1, 1994, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required that mammography facilities be certified by a qualified certifying Agency. (FDA or an FDA approved certifying state)

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency certifies all mammography facilities in the State of Illinois except for those facilities exempted by 32 Ill. Adm. Code 370.40. To qualify for certification, a facility must first be accredited by an approved accrediting body. In Illinois, the only approved accrediting body is the American College of Radiology (ACR).

NOTICE: The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is no longer providing the "Your Right to Know" pamphlet. The pamphlets will continue to be available on this site for printing and duplicating.

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