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Longest Trial Ever Confirms Mammograms' Benefits
Date:6/28/2011

of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which in 2009 advised that the decision to start regular screenings every two years before age 50 should be discussed with a woman's doctor. It recommends screening every other year for women aged 50 to 74.

The findings, she said, will not significantly impact the debate.

Moyer added: "When the task force reviewed all evidence for women 40 to 49, it found that about 2,000 to 2,500 women had to be invited to mammography screening to prevent one breast cancer death, which would be 40 to 50 per 100,000 women."

Another expert, Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said the study "proves what most clinicians hold to be true: screening mammograms save lives."

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To learn more about the screening guidelines, visit the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

SOURCES: Virginia A. Moyer, M.D., chair, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; Stephanie Bernik, M.D., chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Stephen Duffy, M.Sc., professor of cancer screening, Queen Mary University of London, U.K.; June 28, 2011, Radiology, online


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