Early screening ‘can cut the risk of breast cancer death by more than 40 per cent’ – The Sun
EARLY screening can cut the risk of breast cancer death by more than 40 per cent, a study says.
It could also reduce risk of the advanced disease by a quarter.
Experts calculated both rates in 549,091 Swedish women within ten years of diagnosis.
They compared them in those who did and did not take a recommended mammogram.
Dr Stephen Duffy, from London’s Queen Mary University, said: “Participation in screening substantially reduces the risk of fatal breast cancer.”
Screening is offered to women, aged 50 to 71, but the NHS is trialling the test in younger and older women.
Dr László Tabár from Falun Central Hospital stresses early breast cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from the disease "above and beyond" current therapies in the absence of screening.
He added: "Some may believe that recent improvements in breast cancer treatment makes early detection less important.
"Our study shows that nothing can replace finding breast cancer early."
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