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"We found that for women age 75 and older, a longer time interval between the last mammogram and the date of breast cancer diagnosis was associated with a greater chance for dying from breast cancer."
"I am not sure why we are seeing these results particularly for older women. Tumors of younger women were more likely to be a little more unfavorable overall. It is possible that the differences in the relationship between screening interval and mortality in older versus younger women may be related to the more aggressive nature of the tumors in younger women, which might obliterate the effects of more screening. Other reasons may include differences in cancer treatment, information that was not available for this cohort of women."
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Older Women Who Delay Mammography Screening More Likely to Die From Breast Cancer
Michael S. Simon, M.D., M.P.H. et al
American Association for Cancer Research
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