Study shows breast cancer detection in 40 to 49 year olds has better prognosis
Feb 23, 2012
A new study conducted by researchers from the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle shows that women who are between 40 and 49 years old and had their breast cancer detected by a mammogram have a better prognosis.
The researchers looked at the history of nearly 2,000 patients and examined when they were diagnosed, the method behind it, treatment and rate of recurrence to come up with their findings.
"Our goal was to assess the differences between mammography and non-mammography detected breast cancer, to determine whether earlier detection confers a treatment and morbidity advantage because the disease is found at an earlier stage," study leader Dr. Judith Malmgren, president of HealthStat Consulting, Inc.
Malmgren added the research showed a shift toward more mammogram-detected cancer and diagnosis of the disease at an earlier stage, which requires less treatment.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.