Breast Cancer Avoidable, critics finally realize

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Breast Cancer Avoidable, critics finally realize

Postby lex on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:31 am

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100325/ap_ ... ast_cancer
She also said people may mistakenly think their chances of getting cancer are more dependent on their genes than their lifestyle.
"The genes have been there for thousands of years, but if cancer rates are changing in a lifetime, that doesn't have much to do with genes," she said.


About time...
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Re: Breast Cancer Avoidable, critics finally realize

Postby lex on Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:14 pm

And again http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... vO0abvEY8Y
March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Screening women for breast cancer failed to significantly reduce the number of deaths from the malignancy, contrary to earlier findings, a Danish study found.

Mortality among women aged 55 to 74 in regions of Denmark that had screening fell 1 percent a year, while areas without screening saw a 2 percent decline, researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo wrote in the British Medical Journal.

The results contradict a 2005 Danish study that found screening helped reduce breast-cancer deaths by 25 percent since 1991, the researchers said. U.S. and U.K. studies support today’s findings, they said. The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force in November recommended women wait until age 50 to start getting mammograms every two years, saying annual tests for most in their 40s have more drawbacks than benefits.

“We believe it is time to question whether screening has delivered the promised effect on breast-cancer mortality,” the researchers wrote. The decrease observed in deaths is “more likely explained by changes in risk factors and improved treatment than by screening mammography.”
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