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Mammograms Save Lives: Study

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 11:29 AM

In what researchers claim is the largest study of its kind, a new Australian study has conclusively determined breast cancer screening in women over 50 saves lives by uncovering tumors early enough to treat them and boost patients’ longevity.
The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, is based on an evaluation of the life-saving potential of mammograms in about 4,000 women, aged 50-69 years, in Western Australia.
University of Melbourne lead researcher Dr. Carolyn Nickson and colleagues from the Melbourne School of Population Health said the findings “reaffirm the importance and efficacy of mammography” in early detection of tumors, despite past studies that have reached conflicting results about whether widespread breast cancer screening can save women’s lives.
"Sound research methods have been used in this study. I believe it is time to move on from the debate about whether screening reduces mortality and to instead direct research resources to help improve the program for women who choose to use it," Nickson said. "It is important that Australian women have accurate information about the pros and cons of [screening]. The findings of this study may help women decide whether to participate."
The study findings are based on an analysis of 427 women had died from breast cancer and 3,650 others who survived the disease. The research team found mammography screening was much lower among women who had died from breast cancer. Comparison with similar studies showed mammograms reduce the risk of dying by 49 percent.
"Early detection is the key to early treatment and [mammograms offer] the best health service available to detect breast cancers earlier in women aged 50-69 years," Nickson said.

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