Nearly half of all cancer cases 'can be avoided'

Diagnostic imaging could help many women over the age of 40 get earlier access to cancer treatment.

New research from Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC in New York reveals that mammograms should be offered to all women in the age group and not just those who have a family history of the disease.

Scientists at the institute assessed the records of over 1,000 patients who developed breast cancer between 2000 and 2010. They found that 61 per cent of the women who were diagnosed with the disease at the screening stage did not have any family history of the illness.

This indicates that all 40-year-old females should have access to the test as early detection can help save lives, said Dr Stamatia Destounis, who compiled the results.

The current NHS screening programme invites all women aged between 50 and 64 who are registered with a GP to go for a mammogram every three years, according to Cancer Research UK.

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