Breast cancer screening 'halves the number of deaths'

“Breast cancer screening ‘works and we should move on’,” is the slightly confusing headline of The Daily Telegraph. It says that a new study shows that the risk of dying from breast cancer is halved in women who undergo mammography screening. The newspaper rather prematurely claims that this “draws a line under the controversy”.

The Australian study looked at the mammography screening history of 427 women who had died from breast cancer, and compared this with the screening history of a group of healthy women. They found that women who died from breast cancer were less likely than healthy women to have participated in screening programmes.

 

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