Lives of women preserved by breast cancer screening, Australian research says

In a survey of breast cancer patients scientists determined that those who had undergone a screening had a 50 percent better chance of surviving the disease.


In a survey of more than 3,500 breast cancer patients and more than 400 others who had passed away from the condition, scientists from the Melbourne School of Population Health determined that those who had undergone a breast cancer screening had a 50 percent better chance of surviving the disease. Women who screen positive for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer have the option to buy Tamoxifen from Canadian and international online pharmacies for treatment.

“Early detection is the key to early treatment,” said Carolyn Nickson of the Melbourne school. The Australian scientists also state that their findings support previous international studies that advocated for breast cancer screenings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the only form of cancer more common in American women than breast tumors, and more than 200,000 new cases of the disease were confirmed in 2008.

Meanwhile, The Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) states that breast cancer is, in fact, the most common cancer among women in that country. More information provided by the organization says that they have a 1 in 9 chance of being afflicted with breast cancer sometime during their lives, and approximately 14,600 Australian women will receive a breast cancer diagnose this year. Breast cancer doesn't develop in men very often, but it isn't unheard of. The BCNA reports that more than 100 men were reported to have breast cancer in 2007 in Australia.

Although the disease is one of the more significant causes of cancer death in the U.S., according to the CDC, the BCNA reports that 88 percent of Australian breast cancer patients survive for at least five years following their diagnosis.