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If a facility becomes aware of breast cancer in a patient whose mammogram was performed more than one year ago, do they still have to review that mammogram and include it in the audit?

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Yes. Because the growth rate of breast cancer can be quite variable, facilities are required to perform such reviews on all cases where they still have the mammogram. Since facilities are required to maintain the most recent mammogram for ten years (unless the films have been transferred), facilities could be reviewing films as old as ten years.

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