Breast screen­ing ‘im­proves chances’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

WoMEN who take part in breast screen­ing have a sig­nif­i­cantly greater ben­e­fit from treat­ments than those who are not screened, a study has found.

Re­search led by Queen Mary Univer­sity of Lon­don re­vealed that women who chose to par­tic­i­pate in an or­gan­ised breast can­cer screen­ing pro­gramme had a 60 per cent lower risk of dy­ing from the dis­ease within 10 years af­ter di­ag­no­sis.

They had a 47pc lower risk of dy­ing from breast can­cer within 20 years af­ter di­ag­no­sis, the study of more than 50,000 women found.

Re­searchers said this ben­e­fit oc­curs be­cause screen­ing de­tects can­cers at an ear­lier stage, mean­ing that they re­spond much bet­ter to treat­ment.

Se­nior au­thor Pro­fes­sor Stephen Duffy, of Queen Mary Univer­sity of Lon­don, said: “Re­cent im­prove­ments in treat­ments have led to re­duced deaths from breast can­cer.

“How­ever, these new re­sults demon­strate the vi­tal role that screen­ing also has to play, giv­ing women a much greater ben­e­fit from mod­ern treat­ments.

“We need to en­sure that par­tic­i­pa­tion in breast screen­ing pro­grammes im­proves.”

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