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The new study estimates that regular screening plus improved treatments cut the expected rate of breast cancer death in 2018 by between 45 to 58 percent, according to the study published February 11 in the journal Cancer.

While more women are now surviving the disease than ever before, breast cancer remains the leading cause of death in women under 50 in England and Wales - more than 920 women under 50 lost their lives to the disease in 2017.

The American Cancer Society suggests women 40 to 44 years old should have a choice to start annual mammograms.

The Texas A&M Women's Basketball Team is preparing for their Annual Play 4 Kay Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

Recent studies "have focused media attention on some of the risks of mammography screening, such as call-backs for additional imaging and breast biopsies", he said.

Thirty four United Kingdom screening centres took part in the trial, finding that mammograms for women from 35 to 39 with a moderate or high risk of breast cancer were able to detect tumours at a significantly smaller size compared to those found in women screened later in life.

While there has been a slight increase in the number of women being diagnosed with breast cancer, the study showed death rates are declining.

The trial drew comparisons with a group of women aged 35 to 39 who were at increased risk but did not undergo screening. 28 of those discovered were smaller than 2cm in size, 7 had spread to the lymph nodes.

The report's lead author Professor Gareth Evans said the results of the new trial are "very promising".

In total, around 55,000 women and 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United Kingdom and it is estimated that around 5-15% of cases are linked to a family history of the disease.

A specialist will consider the pattern of these familial cancers, including ages at diagnosis, and other factors such as a woman's age or any prior breast or ovarian cancers - giving an overall estimate as to whether they are at "moderate" (17-29% lifetime risk3), "high" (30% or higher lifetime risk) or "general population" risk (~11% lifetime risk). Women between 45 and 54 should be screened every year.

The study conducted at the University of Manchester by the charity carried out scanning of 2,899 women aged between 35-39 who have a moderate or high risk of disease.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, of Breast Cancer Now, said: 'This could be an enormous breakthrough.

An NHS England spokeswoman said an upcoming review by Professor Mike Richards will consider changes to the screening programme.

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