Research once again shows that mammograms reduce mastectomy risk
Dec 2, 2010
There has been some public debate about what age a woman should begin to schedule a yearly mammogram. Now, a group of researchers have given their two-cents on the issue.
The experts at the London Breast Institute have compiled data that showed women between the ages of 40 and 50 who underwent early breast cancer screening were less likely to undergo invasive procedures during their treatment.
"Women in this age group who had undergone mammography the previous year had a mastectomy rate of less than half that of the others," said lead author Nicholas M. Perry.
Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released new guidelines recommending that women begin screening for breast cancer every other year after they turned 50, which ignited a media firestorm.
It looks as though Perry and his team agree with those who promote earlier screening.
"The results of our study support the importance of regular screening in the under-50 age group and confirm that annual mammography improves the chances of breast conservation should breast cancer develop," Perry said.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime.