Study shows importance of breast cancer screenings
Dec 6, 2011
There has been a great deal of focus on the age of screening women for breast cancer, but a new report reveals more information about the important of mammograms. The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Department of Public Health at the Erasmus MC at Rotterdam in the Netherlands, found that women who participated in at least three years of mammograms had a 49 percent lower chance of dying from breast cancer.
The researchers studied 755 women who died from breast cancer and compared them with 3,739 controls to find their results.
"The Dutch government considers it imperative that everyone eligible for a screening program is given the opportunity to participate," said senior researcher Dr. Susie Otto. "For that reason, all women in the targeted age group are invited and given the opportunity to decide independently to participate or not in screening programs that are entirely free of charge."
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research or breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.