Early Detection of Breast Cancer

  • May save lives.
    • Mammograms for women over age 50 save lives.
  • There is controversy about mammograms in younger women...
    • No study has ever clearly proven that screening women under age 50 saves lives.
    • But if all the studies are combined, death rates from breast cancer in women between ages 40 - 50 are decreased 18%.
    • This means that 2,500 women between ages 40 - 50 have to be regularly screened to prevent 1 death.
  • May allow more treatment options.
    • Possibly less surgery.
    • Possibly avoid radiation therapy.
    • Possibly avoid chemotherapy.