A simple medical examination has saved the lives of millions of women

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of dangerous diseases. Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine, he is no longer a death sentence. Scientists have not yet invented the most effective method of treatment, but medicine is an old and effective method for early diagnosis of the disease. It was he, judging by recent statistics, since 1989 saved the lives of nearly half a million women.

This method of diagnosis is called a mammogram. It was coined in the 1960-ies and implies a x-ray for detection of malignant tumors. The study recommended annually for all women older than 40 years. Statistics shows that this technology has led to a reduction in the number of deaths among adult women.

The researchers analyzed the mortality rates from breast cancer among women from 40 to 84 years over the last three decades. Technology has gained prevalence in 1989 and since then has helped to prevent from 384 to 614 500 000 deaths. Moreover, the efficiency of the method continues to increase in 2018 from breast cancer was saved from 27 to 45 083 626 women, which reduced the expected mortality of 45-58%.

So despite the positive results from mammography, there are big minus. It is known that she is often wrong and gives a positive diagnosis, even healthy women. Because of this, there is a risk that they will be prescribed a treatment that they do not need. Meanwhile women who really need help may not get it.

According to the radiologist Edward Hendrick, the main thing that they wanted to show the analysis of the statistics is the importance of the annual passage of the mammography. Detection and timely treatment really can save lives. If desired, to identify a predisposition to breast cancer can be to the occurrence of disease — such technology, for example, at the beginning of 2019 presented by a group from Cambridge University.