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UAB agrees with Sweden; women 40-49 should get mammograms

Posted Sep 30 2010 12:00am
A Swedish study out this week showed that mammography screening in women ages 40 to 49 greatly reduced breast cancer mortality in that country.

More than 16 million Swedish women participated in the study. 7.3 million had mammograms. 8.8 women did not. In the group that had mammograms, there was a 26 percent reduction in the breast cancer death rate.

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Dr. Edward Partridge spoke yesterday with ABC News about these findings yesterday and their relation to last year's recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force that women under 50 don't need preventative mammogram screenings.

He supports the American Cancer Society guidelines that suggest women over 40 have a mammogram every one to two years.

Read more about how UAB has decreased disparities in mammography between white and black women in Alabama to a difference of .25%, and the ZamBama project in Crossroads.
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