Based on the findings, leading United Kingdom clinicians and researchers suggest that regular screening in women identified at moderate or high risk of breast cancer could be lowered to women aged 35-39. Currently, NHS screening starts at the age of 40 for the category of women who had a family history pertaining to the disease. "The best possible long-term effect of our findings would be to help women recognize that early detection and modern, personalized breast cancer treatment saves lives and to encourage more women to get screened annually starting at age 40".
Niki Kollia, 43, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer exactly a year ago after a mammogram detected tiny calcium deposits.More news: Justin Bieber reportedly seeking treatment for depression and anxiety
Breast cancer is the UK's most common cancer, with around 55,000 women and 350 men being diagnosed each year in the United Kingdom - and it is estimated that around 5-15% of cases are linked to a family history of the disease. Of the 35 invasive breast cancers, 80% (28/35) were detected by screening when the tumour was 2cm or smaller in size, and only 20% (7/35) had spread to the patients' lymph nodes.
"Early detection remains absolutely critical to stopping women dying from breast cancer".
Prof Gareth Evans, the lead author of the study said that for women who did not undergo screening had fewer of the cancers discovered when they were still small.More news: Broncos Agree To Acquire Joe Flacco From Ravens
"These are the first significant data on the benefits of screening in women aged 35-39 who are at increased risk of breast cancer due to a family history, and the results are very promising".
He noted that now, only about half of US women over 40 years of age receive regular screening mammography.
Experts believe that around 5% to 15% of breast cancers are linked to a family history of the disease. More cancers had spread to the lymphatic system. But those reports have also often neglected "the most important aspect of screening - that finding and treating breast cancer early saves women's lives", Hendrick said. The NHS offers all women aged 50 to 70 breast x-ray screening every three years.... The researchers also said that by allowing the annual mammograms for this age group of women in all four of the UK's NHS services, it could affect around 86,000 women.More news: Chadwick Boseman Teams Up with Spike Lee for Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods
"Breast cancer survival is at its highest ever and with improved screening a key focus of the NHS long term plan, even more cancers will be diagnosed earlier", she added.