April 10, 2013

Mammograms for Older Women May Be Beneficial

By Logan Lafferty

Women 75 and older who skipped mammograms were at an increased risk of dying from breast cancer, suggesting a need for continued screening in this age group, a researcher said here…Sandhya Pruthi, MD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said she follows American Cancer Society guidelines that advise no upper limit for women to have annual screenings. "This was the only paper I've seen that's looked at the concern we have with the aggression of these tumors in elderly women," Pruthi said. "The paper nicely states that for years people have thought these women have indolent cancers and would be least likely to benefit from screening."


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