A new study was released today that poses the controversial question: Do Mammogram screenings reduce cancer death rates? The study found that annual mammography screenings help uncover cases of breast cancer, but they do not reduce the number of cancer deaths, according to a study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women.
This is the largest study and was done over a five year period. There was not a clear definition on Breast Cancer findings between the women who had Mammograms and those that did not. In fact, it showed that 22% of those who had mammograms were over-diagnosed.
The thought is that instead of investing al of this money and funding into mammography, the money should be spent on more Beast Cancer research to find out what causes the disease.
The American Cancer Society says that mammography is still the best defense we have. They recommend an annual mammogram for women over forty.
Critics are saying that this is not a perfect study. many women who are Breast Cancer survivors are survivors because of early detection.
As a Survivor, I feel relieved after screening. But I do agree with those that say that more money could definitely be put towards cancer research.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-breast-cancer-mammography-20140212,0,6053567.story#ixzz2tA9xis4U