Routine mammograms may save lives

March 21, 2012 2:16:45 PM PDT
There's been a lot of debate over whether routine mammograms are worth it. But 2 new long term studies from the Netherlands suggest they are.

One of the longest National Breast Cancer Screening programs in the world led to a significant drop in deaths and caused limited harm. That included false positive results and over diagnosis. Another study found that regular mammography screening saves lives, even after adjusting for improvements in breast cancer treatment.

These studies were presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Vienna.