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03/10/11  Portland, Ore.

Dr. NelsonAccording to an article published in a recent edition of the Orlando Sentinel, “Without screening, 3.5 out of every 1,000 women ages 40 to 49 will die of breast cancer in the next 10 years; regular mammography can reduce that number to 3.”

However, the article explains that after a federal panel pulled back its recommendations for mammogram  screenings, the debate continues to rage about the wisdom or risk of it.

With mammogram  studies continuing to report conflicting results on the benefits of screening, Heidi  Nelson, MD, MPH, Research professor, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology , told the Sentinel, “All of these studies were observational, meaning they were done on groups of women who either chose to get mammograms or didn't — and there can be very real differences between those two groups.”

The complete Orland Sentinel article is available online.