One of our core beliefs here at Genesis is that breast cancer screening saves lives. The notion that mammograms can do more harm than good is increasingly being seen as incorrect and a study by the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency goes some way to put an end to this debate.
The research, which was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that women aged 50-69 who attend breast cancer screening can reduce their risk of dying from the disease by 40 per cent.
Breast cancer screening is a vital tool in detecting cancer early and we know that the earlier it’s caught, the greater the chance of survival.
This morning, breast cancer surgeon and Genesis trustee, Cliona Kirwan, appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss the findings. The BBC’s flagship show called on her expertise to talk about what the findings mean and why it’s so important for women to attend their screening appointments when invited. Cliona was also joined on the red sofa by breast cancer survivor, Pauline Daniels, who reiterated the benefits of mammograms.
It’s likely that the benefits of screening may be even higher than this paper suggests, because the quality of NHS screening and our pick-up rate of tiny cancers at an early stage has continued to improve since the time period of this study.
Here at Genesis, early detection and screening is one of the four pillars of our research, along with preventative drug research, gene research and diet and lifestyle. Our professors work tirelessly to identify how screening can be improved for future generations, so that any signs of the disease are spotted as early as possible.