Article Date: 11 Jun 2013 – 9:00 PDT
Posted at: MedicalNewsToday.com
A new UK study suggests screening for breast cancer does not reduce deaths from the disease. The study, which looked at nearly 40 years of breast screening, adds to the controversy surrounding whether it is screening or improvement in treatment that accounts for the fall in rates of death from breast cancer.
The researchers from the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford, report their findings online in the June issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
For their study, lead author Toqir Mukhtar and colleagues analyzed mortality statistics recorded before and after 1988, the year that the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme began.