BBC News: Breast screening women in their 40s 'could save lives'

In the UK, women aged 50-70 are offered breast screening unless there is a high genetic risk
BBC News: Breast screening women in their 40s 'could save lives'

Screening women for breast cancer from their 40s rather than their 50s could save lives without adding to the diagnosis of harmless cancers, a UK study has found.

The research was based on 160,000 women from England, Scotland and Wales, followed up for around 23 years.

Lowering the screening age could save one life per 1,000 women checked, the scientists say.

But experts caution there are many other considerations, including cost.

would give any additional benefit compared to the UK's existing screening programme".

The charity says the priority should be getting cancer services "back on track" for women aged 50-70, after disruption caused by the pandemic.

During lockdown, cancer screening programmes which detect early signs of bowel, breast and cervical cancer were paused in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, although not officially stopped in England.

Experts have warned of huge backlogs for screening, treatment and tests.

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