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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Mammograms effective in breast cancer fight

Study finds that routine screening mammograms are equally as chemo and hormon therapy.
Routine screening mammograms contribute just as much as hormone therapy and chemotherapy in slowing the rate of death from breast cancer, a study released on Wednesday showed.

The study, based on seven statistical analyses by 43 researchers and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that screening as practiced in the United States reduced the rate of death from breast cancer by 7 percent to 23 percent, depending on the analysis.

Although some researchers have questioned the value of routine screening, in the United States women are urged to have regular mammograms beginning in their 40s for early detection of the disease.

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