Screenings reduce breast cancer mortality

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Women who are screened for breast cancer once every two years cut their risk of dying from the disease in half. That is the conclusion of new research presented by the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. 

The study involved women between 50 and 75-years-old who were invited to have mammograms every two years at the expense of the Dutch government.  Eighty percent of those contacted took the test.

According to researchers, those who participated in at least three screenings had a 49 percent less chance of dying from breast cancer. Women between 70 and 75-years-old benefitted the most, with a decreased risk of 84 percent.

Researchers said that the chances of surviving breast cancer depend greatly on how fast doctors discover tumours. In the study, women with the most advanced stages of breast cancer were among those who never took part in the screenings. 

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