MAMMOGRAPHY IN OLDER WOMEN
ANCHOR LEAD: WOMEN IN THEIR 80S CAN STILL BENEFIT FROM MAMMOGRAPHY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Women in their eighties who’ve continued to undergo routine mammography typically have smaller and less invasive breast cancers than women who stop being screened, a recent study concluded. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, offers his conclusions.
PARK: Let’s look at prevention using mammography, a tried and true test that breast cancer oncologists use, and physicians in general. The study was very intriguing to me because they looked at this dataset which suggests that one, women over the age of 80 are not doing routine mammography as much as women in their thirties, forties and fifties, sixties and so forth, but the data still suggest that it is effective. The authors themselves state that you can’t really use this as the definitive study but it is highly suggestive that again, mammography is effective. :29
Since more and more people, especially women, are living into their eighties and beyond, Park suggests that keeping up with screening mammography is a good idea. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.