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Early checks ‘halve breast cancer death’

- By Alice Fuller

EARLY breast cancer screening can reduce the risk of dying from it by almost half, research reveals.

It could also reduce their risk of advanced breast cancer by a quarter.

The findings come from a study of more than half a million women in Sweden who were eligible for mammograph­y screening.

The test uses an X-ray that can spot cancers when they are too small to see or feel – which helps with early detection and improves chances of survival.

Researcher­s at London’s Queen Mary University and Falun Central Hospital in Sweden calculated rates of advanced and fatal breast cancer in 549,091 women within 10 years of diagnosis.

They compared the rates in women who participat­ed in recommende­d mammograph­y screening to those who did not. Scientists saw a 41 per cent reduction in fatal cancers in women who took up the recommende­d breast screening.


And they found a 25 per cent reduction in advanced breast cancer in women who had the suggested X-rays.

Dr Stephen Duffy, from Queen Mary University, said: “This study shows that participat­ion in breast cancer screening substantia­lly reduces the risk of having a fatal breast cancer.

“Because the comparison of participat­ing with non-participat­ing persons was contempora­neous – with mammograph­y screening and breast cancer treatment belonging to the same time period – it is not affected by potential changes in treatment of breast cancer over time.”

About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime in the UK. Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 71 but the NHS is trialling the test in younger and older women.

Dr Laszlo Tabar from Falun Central Hospital stressed that early breast cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from the disease above and beyond current therapies in the absence of screening.

He added: “Our study shows that nothing can replace finding breast cancer early.”

The findings were published online by the journal Cancer.

 ?? ?? The NHS is trialling tests on younger women
The NHS is trialling tests on younger women

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