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Health Alert: Mammography Study

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- The study released in the British Medical Journal is a review of 90,000 women ages 40to 59.

Researchers found that over 25 years the same number of women died of breast cancer regardless of whether they had a mammogram each year or not.  We stopped out at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare in Fort Thomas Wednesday to talk to Doctor Jackie Sweeney.

She is a radiologist who says it's important for women to know this is one study.  Others dispute these findings.

She said, "I think we have plenty of studies that have shown a reduction in morbidity and mortality in patients who get yearly screening mammography.  It is not a perfect test, we know the limitations, but I think our patients have to understand that their best offense to incurable breast cancer is to get a yearly mammogram, check their breast regularly, know them better than anybody else."

Now one other concern in this study was that researchers said about one in five tumors found are not considered life threatening.  So finding them early doesn't save lives.

The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms beginning at age forty.



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