SCREENING MAMMOGRAPHY SAVES LIVES
It is almost intuitive that the earlier you find a problem the better your chance of fixing it. Modern cars have sophisticated computer systems designed to monitor their operation and alert the dealer of potential problems before the car breaks down. The same holds true for the human body. Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death for women and mammography, which has saved so many lives, is under attack. Two recent studies point out again the benefits of mammography far outweigh the risks :
A study published in Cancer showed that more than 70 percent of the women who died from breast cancer in their 40s at major Harvard teaching hospitals were among the 20 percent of women who were not being screened. Perhaps most importantly, according to National Cancer Institute data, since mammography screening became widespread in the mid-1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate, unchanged for the previous 50 years, has dropped well over 30 percent.
Coincidence ? SJRA does not think so and we urge women to follow the ACS guidelines for screening mammography.