Dec. 1 news from RSNA 2010

November 19, 2015

Annual Breast Cancer Screening Beginning at Age 40 Reduces Mastectomy Risk

Having a yearly mammogram greatly reduces the risk of mastectomy following breast cancer in women between the ages of 40 and 50, according to a study from The London Breast Institute at The Princess Grace Hospital. Researchers reviewed the clinical data available on 156 women from 40 to 50 that had been diagnosed with breast cancer and treated at The London Breast Institute between 2003 and 2009. Data showed that mastectomy was the required treatment for 19 percent women who had been screened the prior year, compared with 46 percent women who had not been screened in the past year.

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SOURCE Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)