Study supports mammography for the elderly

Women over 75 with breast cancer require less treatment and have better disease-specific survival if their cancer is detected through mammography rather than by a doctor or self-examination, a study shows.

The US researchers, led by Dr Judith Malmgren from the University of Washington, say their research lends support for regular screening among women aged 75 and older.

Analysing more than 14,000 breast cancer cases with 1,600 patients aged over 75, they found the majority of mammography-detected cases are early stage, while