Study: Mammograms save lives

October 7, 2009 2:46:47 PM PDT
Debating the value of mammograms, new research finds the screenings do save lives. A new study of nearly 7,000 women finds that those who never had mammograms were far more likely to die of breast cancer compared to those who did have mammograms.

According to the research, women in screening programs have less than a 5 percent chance of dying. But women who don't get screened have a 56 percent chance of death.

Details of this new research will be presented later this week to a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Most cancer societies and many governments recommend women be screened regularly. But a few studies have questioned the worth of this screening tool, because they may detect false positives, possibly leading to unnecessary tests and anxiety.


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