Mammography halves risk of breast cancer mortality

University of Melbourne research fellow Dr Carolyn Nickson (PhD) said the findings reaffirmed the importance and efficacy of mammography, in light of conflicting reports which have received widespread coverage in the media.

The study followed 4000 women aged 50–69 who were part of the BreastScreen program in Western Australia. It included 427 women who died of the disease and 3650 women who lived.

The researchers compared screening attendance between the two groups and found it was much lower among the women who had died. Participation in the program was associated with an estimated