The results of the longest-ever breast cancer screening research study performed by an international team have now been released, and they have shown that when women have regular mammograms, they decrease their risk of death as a result of breast cancer, and that the number of lives saved continues to grow over time.
The study was published within the Radiology journal. It followed 130,000 women who reside within two Swedish communities and suggested that there were 30 percent fewer women among the group who participated in regular mammogram screening who died of breast cancer than there were among those who died from the condition and were not regularly screened. Moreover, with every year, the effect continued.
The research started 29 years ago, and the scientists have discovered that with every year that the women were screened, the number of women who were saved from the condition would rise.
Queen Mary University of London professor, Stephen Duffy, said that “we’ve found that the longer we look, the more lives are saved.”
Radiologist, Dr. Stamatia Destounis, from Rochester, New York-based Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, was not a part of the research team, but said that this Swedish research has been quoted by radiologists for many years now, and that the latest published findings regarding screening for breast cancer with mammograms is “even more of a benefit than we understood.”
She added that these study findings will also help to clarify confusion among patients and doctors regarding recommendations for breast cancer screening, which was initially caused by changes to the U.S. screening guidelines in 2009.
With news on cancer being focused on more than ever, many are realizing that the cost of not getting their mammogram, can be their life. Most health insurance plans are now giving this benefit for free due to health care reform but many still do not go for their screenings.
When purchasing cancer insurance look for wellness benefits that pay you to get your mammogram, not your health insurance or your doctor, but YOU! With more and more women learning about cancer insurance, we hope that this feature will give the incentive needed for an early prevention frame of mind.