Posted: Sep 29, 2010 3:18 PM
A new study from Sweden is stirring fresh debate over whether
women in their 40s should get mammograms. It suggests that the
breast cancer screening test can lower the risk of dying of the
disease by as much as 26 percent.
The benefit is much greater than has been seen in earlier
research. Other studies led a U.S. science panel to recommend
against routine screening for women in their 40s. The panel says
women under 50 should discuss their individual situations with
The study compared breast cancer deaths in areas of Sweden that
offered mammograms to younger women and areas that did not. Results
were released in a telephone news briefing Wednesday and published
online by the journal Cancer.