VARIOUS NATIONAL MEDIA: Annual screening detects breast cancers earlier for women aged 35-39 with a family history

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 11/2/2019

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Annual screening for younger women aged 35-39 who have a family history of breast cancer would be highly effective in detecting tumours earlier, a major UK trial has found.

The trial, funded by charity Breast Cancer Now, found that annual mammograms for women aged 35-39 at ‘moderate’ or ‘high’ risk of breast cancer detected tumours when they were significantly smaller in size and less likely to have spread to the lymph nodes than in an unscreened control cohort.

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/annual-screening-detects-breast-cancers-earlier-for-women-aged-35-39-with-a-family-history/

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Media coverage

TitleBreast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says
Media name/outletBBC News Online
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/02/19
DescriptionYounger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says.

Breast Cancer Now funded a study which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms.

NHS screening often starts at the age of 40 for women with a family history.

Experts need to balance the benefits of doing more checks against causing any undue worry or over-treatment.

The study's authors said that more analysis was needed on the risks, costs and benefits of extending the screening programme.
URLhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47193545
PersonsDafydd Evans
TitleTHE TIMES: ‘Screen women for breast cancer every year from 35’
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/02/19
DescriptionTens of thousands of women with a family history of breast cancer would benefit from annual NHS checks, according to a study.

Health chiefs have been urged to consider screening such women from 35 after the study concluded that this would find almost twice as many tumours at an early stage while halving the number that had already spread by the time they were detected.
URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/screen-women-for-breast-cancer-every-year-from-35-m90zmnnvs
PersonsDafydd Evans
TitleTHE MIRROR:Breast cancer screening may be given to women in 30s to save thousands of lives
Media name/outletThe Mirror
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/02/19
DescriptionThousands more women could benefit from yearly breast cancer screening, research reveals.

Guidelines currently recommend annual screening for women aged 40-49 in England who are at moderate or high risk of the disease.

But Breast Cancer Now says scans for up to 86,000 more women aged 35-39 with a family history of breast cancer could catch tumours earlier.

A large-scale trial of 3,000 annual mammograms for this group recorded the proportion of tumours detected before they reached 2cm almost doubled from 45% to 80%.
URLhttps://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breast-cancer-screening-given-women-13980944
PersonsDafydd Evans
TitleMAIL ONLINE: Calls to cut age for breast scans: Up to 90,000 women with a family history of disease should have annual exams from 35 years old, study says
Media name/outletMail Online
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/02/19
DescriptionThousands of women with a family history of breast cancer should have annual scans from the age of 35, researchers say.

At the moment women are eligible for a scan due to their family history from the age of 40.

But a study suggests an estimated 86,000 women in their late 30s would benefit from yearly screening.
URLhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6689611/Up-90-000-women-family-history-disease-annual-exams-35.html
PersonsDafydd Evans