Mammograms, breast cancer treatment saving thousands of lives

Mammograms, breast cancer treatment saving thousands of lives

Mammograms, breast cancer treatment saving thousands of lives

Researchers have hailed the study an "enormous breakthrough", in the treatment of cancer.

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

The American Cancer Society suggests women 40 to 44 years old should have a choice to start annual mammograms.

Leading charity Breast Cancer Now today called for the upcoming review of NHS cancer screening programmes to include an assessment of family history services across the country, and to set out the health economic evidence required to consider extending screening to women aged 35-39 at moderate or high risk due to their family history.

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.

New research released Monday said more than 500,000 women's lives have been saved because of mammograms and advances in treatment.

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Schnabel says women should know their breast cancer risk.

Researchers said annual screening at age 35 to 39 could benefit between 64,000 and 86,000 women in the UK.

In the trial led by Professor Gareth Evans at the University of Manchester, nearly 3,000 women aged 35-39 at moderate or high risk of breast cancer due to their family history were offered annual screening across 34 United Kingdom centres between 2006 and 2015.

Of the 35 tumours, 80% (28/35) were detected by screening when the tumour was 2cm or smaller in size, and only 20% (7/35) had spread to the lymph nodes.

In this group, far fewer cancers were detected when they were still small (45%) and far more of the women's tumours had already spread to the lymph nodes.

Lead author Professor Evans described the results of the trial as "very promising".

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"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".

Annual screening for younger women aged 35-39 who have a family history of breast cancer would be highly effective in detecting tumours earlier, a major United Kingdom trial based in Manchester has found.

He said more research is now needed to determine the impact of this screening on women's overall survival.

"In the absence of screening, it is so important for women at increased risk to remain breast aware and to report any unusual changes in your breasts to your doctor", she said.

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