While some studies suggest undergoing annual breast cancer screening is beneficial for women in their 50s, but a recent Swedish study revealed that even women in their 40s receive benefits of screening.
Anne Valente was detected with breast cancer when she was in her late 30s. She owes all the gratitude to mammogram that saved her life. She always gets concerned about contradictory reports over screening age. But, she is of the view that mammograms help diagnosing cancers earlier.
The United States Preventive Task Force conducted a study last year and found that screening women against breast cancer annually women in their 40s is not as advantageous as it had been thought of. Similar were the findings revealed by a study performed by researchers from Norway. But, Swedish study has brought out that screening is equally beneficial for women in their 40s.
"We don't want to treat women who have more advanced breast cancer because it is far better to diagnose them when they have early cancer and when it can successfully be treated", said Dr. Deborah Axelrod, Director of clinical breast services at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Dr. Tamara Fulop, Director of Breast Imaging at Beth Israel Medical Center expressed that there were cases of breast cancer in younger population also and mammograms helped detecting disease before it turned into a lump; a stage where the treatment of disease was possible.
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