Breast screens for over-70s of little benefit: study

In May 2013, free breast cancer screening for Australian women was extended from 50–69 years to 50–74 years, a decision made by the federal government that, at the time, sparked debate among public health experts concerned that it would increase overdiagnosis.

Now Dutch researchers who have investigated the efficacy of the Netherlands' national breast cancer screening program, which extended the upper age limit for breast cancer screening to 75 years in 1998, have concluded that screening women older than 70 as part of a national program has limited benefit.

According to the researchers from the