Breast cancer screening halves risk of death
Screening for breast cancer reduces the risk of dying from the disease by nearly half, new research shows.
A new study of the East Anglia screening programme has revealed that those who were checked were 48% less likely to die from the cancer.
An estimated 1,400 lives were being saved per year in England two years ago, according to the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer screening. However the authors of the study which was published in the British Journal of Cancer said that the true figure was actually much higher.
Professor Stephen Duffy, of Cancer Research UK, said: ‘The results of our study show that the NHS breast cancer screening programme has been even more effective at saving lives than we predicted.’
However the programme has courted some controversy with certain experts believing that many women who have treatment for breast cancer, after going through the screening process, do so even though any abnormalities found would not become a problem.
Approximately two million women between the ages of 50 and 70 are asked to go for mammograms every three years, and 80% accept the offer.