Benefits outweigh risks associated with breast cancer screening

December 26, 2015

The other study looked at the number of deaths from breast cancer in 80,000 women in a randomised trial in Sweden, comparing those who were offered screening with those who were not.

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: "The National Breast Screening Programme saves lives, so we encourage women to go when invited.

"All women should have access to high quality information and advice to help them make decisions that are appropriate to their individual condition. It's standard practice to have these discussions which help women make the choice that's right for them, so overdiagnosis need not be a reason to feel worried about going for screening.

"As well as attending screening, we would encourage all women to be breast aware and to go to their doctor if they notice any unusual changes to their breasts."

Source: Cancer Research UK