Study: Regular mammograms save lives

File photo: Mammogram

June 28, 2011 1:51:37 PM PDT
The longest running breast cancer screening study ever conducted shows that regular mammograms prevent deaths from breast cancer and the number of lives saved increased over time.

This latest study showed 30 percent fewer women in the screening group died of breast cancer and that this effect persisted year after year.

New screening recommendations caused controversy in 2009 when an advisory group recommended against routine screenings for women in their 40s.

The study's authors say the new findings do not speak to the frequency issue but do make clearer that screening works.