Annual mammograms 'are important for detecting breast cancer'

3 May 2012

Women should not disregard yearly mammograms for detecting breast cancer just because there is no history of the disease in their family.

This is the main point which has come out of new research from Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC in Rochester, New York.

Upon analysing 373 cases of breast cancer, the researchers highlighted that 61 per cent of these were diagnosed in women between the age of 40 and 49 who had no family history of the life-threatening condition.

For the 228 patients who suffered from breast cancer with no family history, it was also found that 135 of these were treated for invasive disease.

The study's lead author, Stamatia Destounis, pointed out: "We weren't surprised by the results of the study, but the data does confirm that women in their 40s benefit from screening mammography yearly."

When it comes to diagnosing breast cancer, a study co-led by Cambridge University professor Carlos Caldas has suggested that the disease can be separated into ten exclusive sub-types.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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