Boston (ChatterShmatter) – A new study has researchers stating that breast cancer screenings may not save as many lives as initially believed.
Researchers led by John Keen of the John H. Stroger Jr. from the University of Nebraska looked at just how many lives were saved by breast cancer screenings.
This is an interesting thing to look at, as it has always been believed that they were well-worth getting.
Researchers found some interesting facts, revealing that breast cancer screenings, over a period of 15 years, saved 1.8 lives per 1,000 women being screened.
The data they looked at was based on women who were over the age of 50, and received an annual mammogram or breast cancer screening.
A breast cancer screening was found to have a chance of under 5% of actually saving the life of a woman.
Still though, many feel that this is still enough to warrant the screening.
The study has been published in the journal BioMed Central Medical Informatics and Decision Making.