New research has shown that invitation to mammography screening in Norway was associated with a 28% reduced risk of death from breast cancer compared with not being invited to screening (and that this risk reduction changes as women age).

Wednesday 18 June 2014      Research blog
Screening found to reduce breast cancer mortality rates by 28%

The study, published by the BMJ, analysed data from all women in Norway aged 50 to 79 between 1986 and 2009 - the period in which the mammography screening programme was gradually rolled out across the country.

Sally Greenbrook, Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Senior Policy Officer, says:

“This study is encouraging and builds upon a previous independent review in 2012. It demonstrates that invitations to breast screening may reduce deaths from breast cancer by around 28%.

“Breakthrough Breast Cancer believes that screening saves lives but we understand that this is a confusing area and it is essential that women have access to balanced information about the risks and benefits of screening.

“This is why we developed our online breast screening tool which provides a balanced view of breast screening to allow women to decide for themselves whether or not to attend screening."

Breast Screening: The Facts - view our new interactive guide on the benefits and risks of routine NHS breast screening