Breast cancer screening slows French death rate:
This article was originally published in Clinica
There has been a 7.7% decrease in the number of deaths from breast cancer between 1988 and 1999 in the ten French areas (departements) where breast screening was first introduced in the early 1990s, compared with an average decrease of 1% in all other areas. These figures are quoted by the French Daily Epidemiological Bulletin. Breast cancer screening only became introduced on a national scale last year. There are some 11,000 deaths in France from breast cancer each year, and some 42,000 new cases annually, the French medical paper, Le Quotidien du Medecin, states, and recent studies indicate that systematic screening of women between the ages of 40-60 can reduce mortality from the disease by 25-30%.