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  • Posted: 09/09/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

Study uncovers value of mammogram screening for younger women

A new analysis has found that most deaths from breast cancer occur in younger women who do not receive regular mammograms. Among 609 confirmed breast cancer deaths, 29 percent were among women who had been screened with mammography, while 71 percent were among unscreened women. The study, led by scientists at the Harvard Medical School in Boston (a component of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) was published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

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