Mammograms, along with regular breast self-exam, are one of the best ways to diagnose breast cancer early, when it's most treatable. Still, debate about the value of mammograms and when to start doing them continues. The findings of this research add VERY important information to the discussion.
A very large study looked at the health records of more than 1 million women in Sweden. More than 23,000 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The researchers found that women who had been getting regular mammograms were more likely to have breast cancers that were smaller and hadn't spread to the lymph nodes when disease was diagnosed. Depending on the age of the women, advanced breast cancers were reduced from 17% to 37% in women who had regular mammograms.
If you're older than 40, skipping regular mammograms is NOT an option. As this research shows, mammograms can truly make a difference in your health and your life. To learn more visit the breastcancer.org Screening and Testing section.
This article was made possible by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.