At the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the American Cancer Society presented an analysis of a broad range of studies regarding the absolute benefit of mammography screening and breast cancer mortality.
Researchers considered national and international reviews of the subject. After standardizing the analysis of the studies, which included screenings from the age of 50 years and breast cancer death rates from the ages of 55 to 79 years, regarding the same exposure to screening, similar target population, period of screening and duration of follow-up, the conclusions were definite.
All of the reviews indicate a substantial reduction in breast cancer mortality with screening.
Source: Robert Smith, PhD, senior director of cancer screening, American Cancer Society
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