If there's been one message to emerge from breast cancer research and awareness efforts, it's early and frequent screening for the disease can help save lives.
But when it comes to managing early-stage breast cancer, some doctors are now saying that radiation treatment may be unnecessary, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Texas have claimed that for women in whom the disease has only spread to a single lymph node, it may not be necessary to undergo radiation therapy after having a mastectomy, because there is a low risk that the disease with reoccur, All Headline News reports.
Of the nearly 47,000 women diagnosed every year with breast cancer that has only affected one to three lymph nodes, about 30,000 could have their treatment influenced by the study's findings.
The University of Texas research team presented their study at the Society of Surgical Oncology's Annual Cancer Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri.
Currently, The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 begin undergoing routine cancer screenings, though younger women in their 20s and 30s are advised to make self breast exams a part of their normal health routines.