Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
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US Breast Cancer Deaths Averted Over Three Decades

US Breast Cancer Deaths Averted Over Three Decades

It's estimated that only about half of USA women over 40 years old receive regular mammography screenings, which doctors say is unfortunate and potentially unsafe.

For the study, experts led by a team at the University of Manchester, writing in the journal EClinicalMedicine from The Lancet, examined data for 2,899 women from 2006 to 2015.

"In the meantime, we'd encourage any women concerned about their family history of breast cancer to speak to their GP, and to check their breasts regularly".

The latest USA estimates that more than half a million deaths from the disease have been avoided over the past three decades.

Mammography screening first became widely available in the mid-1980s.

She says it if wasn't for her annual screenings, the cancer may not have been picked up. The new study estimates that regular screening plus improved treatments cut the expected rate of breast cancer death in 2018 by between 45 to 58 percent, according to the study published February 11 in the journal Cancer.

"Screening plays a large role in early detection of breast cancer", Schnabel said, "to allow the patients who are diagnosed early to have better and more favorable treatment methods". McKenzie-Crayton is a three-time breast cancer survivor and chair of Komen Atlanta's Sisters of Promise. "Nothing else in detection or treatment has even come close".


Tens of thousands of women with a family history of breast cancer would benefit from annual NHS checks, according to a study.

Dr. Kristin Byrne is chief of breast imaging at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Now, she shares her story with other women.

Byrne said the new study "is further evidence that early detection and improved treatment saves lives".

The researchers analyzed that if 35-39 years of old women undergo annual mammograms, then breast cancer could be detected earlier.

In total, around 55,000 women and 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United Kingdom and it is estimated that around 5-15% of cases are linked to a family history of the disease.

"Longer-term follow-up is now required to determine the impact of this screening on women's overall survival and any impact on their future risk of primary breast cancer - while health economic analysis will be needed to assess whether such screening could be extended to both "moderate" and "high" risk women". "My wife and I actually pay $2 for each student that comes to the game and that money goes to the Kay Yow [Cancer] Fund and is actually earmarked for women that cannot afford mammograms".

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