Dra. Joana Faria - Ginecologist-Obstetrician - Lisbon, Portugal
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Breast diseases screening

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Breast cancer continues to rank second, after lung cancer, as a cause of cancer death in women in the United States, and it is a leading cause of premature mortality for women.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence that clinical examination, breast ultrasonography, or teaching self examination of the breast are effective tools for early detection.

However, randomised controlled trials have shown that screening by mammography can significantly reduce mortality from breast cancer by up to 40% in those who attend.

Screening mammography in women aged 40 to 69 years is associated with a reduction in breast cancer deaths across a range of study designs. In women of 70 years and older who are in good health, should also perform breast cancer screening.

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