28 September 2011
Women say that mammograms are vital to their health and they make a point of getting regularly checked in the fight against breast cancer, according to a new poll.
Researchers at the American College of Radiology found that nearly nine in ten women reported that having a regular mammogram gave them a feeling of control over their own healthcare and 90 per cent of them thought it one of the most important things a woman can do.
Debra L Monticciolo, MD, president of the Society of Breast Imaging, said: "Mammography is the best tool available to screen for breast cancer. We need to make sure that women get the information they need to make informed decisions and to protect and enhance access to life-saving mammograms."
Barbara S Monsees, MD, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission, added that the figures from the poll of 1,000 women from across the US were encouraging. But she also mentioned that doctors need to do more to encourage the remaining ten per cent of women to be screened.
Since 1990, mammograms have reduced the rate of breast cancer by more than 30 per cent.
According to the National Cancer Institute, results from randomised clinical trials and other studies show that screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women aged 40 to 74.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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