30 Jul 2011

No significant effect from breast screening on death rate

10:24 am on 30 July 2011

A new study says breast screening does not have a significant effect on the number of women dying of breast cancer.

The study in the British Medical Journal found the declining death rates in neighbouring European countries were similar, despite a gap of 10 to 15 years in the introduction of breast cancer screening.

It says improvements in treatment and healthcare may be a more plausible explanation for fewer deaths from the disease.