Our generation of physicians is the first in the history of medicine that has succeeded to improve the outcome of the breast cancer patients significantly through early detection of breast cancer.
For centuries women have brought their palpable breast tumors to the attention of their physicians, by which time these tumors were mostly far advanced. Advanced breast cancer is more likely to be associated with systemic disease at the time of diagnosis and treatment. Consequently, advanced disease is strongly associated with breast cancer death.
High quality mammography screening can be considered a major public health achievement, the most important control mechanism for breast cancer deaths ever invented.