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The Mammogram Debate

A health alert on mammograms that's already sparking a big debate across the country tonight. It center around the age at which a woman should get the breast exam - and whether or not it actually does any good.
A health alert on mammograms that's already sparking a big debate across the country tonight. It center around the age at which a woman should get the breast exam - and whether or not it actually does any good.

They are some of our most powerful weapons in the war against breast cancer--mammograms. But today they are being questioned by one of the largest mammogram studies ever done, spanning a quarter of a century. Researchers in Canada divided 90,000 women between the ages of 40 and 59 into two groups.

The first group got regular mammograms.

The second group did not, instead receiving only physical breast exams. After being monitored for 25 years, researchers found there 500 deaths in the mammogram group and 505 deaths among those who got breast exams alone.

In other words, women who had regular mammograms were just as likely to die from breast cancer as those who had no mammograms at all.
“To me message is loud and clear. It isn't screening that's helping women. It’s better therapy and possibly increased awareness,” says Dr. Cornelia Baines

What's more, the study also found getting frequent mammograms can have a big downside--resulting in over-diagnosis 22 percent of the time--leading to some chemotherapy and surgery that are completely unnecessary.

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