Evaluation of the Possible Benefits of Breast Cancer Screening in Women Aged 40 to 49 Years in the Steel Valley Region, Brazil

Cátia Cilene AIRES LIMA (1), Carla Daruich de Souza (2)
(1) Nuclear and Energy Research Institute, Márcio Cunha Hospital, Ipatinga, Minas Gerias, Brazil, Brazil,
(2) Nuclear and Energy Research Institute, Márcio Cunha Hospital, Ipatinga, Minas Gerias, Brazil, Brazil


Introduction: This study investigates the effectiveness of mammographic screening for women aged 40 to 49 in Brazil's Steel Valley Region. Despite a Ministry of Health recommendation to start screenings at 50, 25% of breast cancer cases occur in the 40-49 age group. Methods: The retrospective analysis, spanning 2008-2019 at Marcio Cunha Hospital, compared two groups: cancer diagnosed via screening mammography (277) and diagnostic mammography (229). Results: Results showed delayed diagnoses for non-screened women, with a fivefold higher mortality rate. Screening facilitated earlier detection of less malignant cancers (85.9% vs. 43.7%). Women diagnosed through screening were more likely to preserve their breasts (28.9% vs. 55.5% for Radical Breast Surgery and 71.1% vs. 28.9% for Breast-Sparing Surgery), and fewer axillary lymphadenectomies were performed. Discussion: Recommendations include enhancing public awareness and establishing a breast cancer surveillance service. Conclusion: The findings support extending screening mammography access to all women over 40 in the Steel Valley region and underscore the need for broader-scale research in other areas.

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Carla Daruich de Souza
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AIRES LIMA CC, Daruich de Souza C. Evaluation of the Possible Benefits of Breast Cancer Screening in Women Aged 40 to 49 Years in the Steel Valley Region, Brazil. Arch Breast Cancer [Internet]. [cited 2024 Feb. 22];11(2). Available from: https://archbreastcancer.com/index.php/abc/article/view/842

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