Breast cancer screening shown to cut deaths

BREAST cancer screening with mammography between the ages of 50 and 69 leads to a 40% reduction in mortality, according to a major international review.

Twenty-nine experts from 16 countries, including Australia, analysed more than 50 trials and studies to update the evidence base in the face of increasing concern about over-diagnosis and the availability of new screening technologies.

Overall, the review found that women invited to attend mammography screening had a 23% reduction in risk of death from breast cancer compared with women not invited by routine screening programs. Among women attending mammographic