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Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Why is screening for breast cancer not done in women over 75?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    There is no evidence that screening women over 75 reduces the chances of dying from breast cancer. As women get older, the cancers that develop tend to be slow growing, and are much less likely to be life threatening. As women age beyond 75, other medical conditions become more important. Screening will certainly not be of benefit for a woman who has multiple other medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, for example, as these other diseases are more likely to be the cause of mortality than breast cancer.
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