Annually Mammography For Older Women Significantly Reduces The Likelihood That It Would Be Necessary Mastectomy – Part 3 of 3
Both Perry and Pruthi respected that women seek mammograms not only to potentially save their life but also to avoid a mastectomy or other radical cancer treatments by finding cancer at an earlier stage. Smaller tumors can often be treated with a lumpectomy, which removes the cancer but spares the catch of the breast.
So “We tend to underestimate that young women do get breast cancer. As a result of earlier mammograms, these women received more surgical options – and were able to preclude the breast. I think that’s an important point to get out there”.
Also, detecting breast cancer early often signals a better prognosis and long-term survival rate. “Young women, you could plead very strongly, have the most to gain from earlier screenings, in terms of life-years gained”. Experts note that research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.