Original Publication Date: 5 January, 2014
Publication / Source: Aging Health
Authors: Anthony B Miller
Evaluation of: Schonberg MA, Breslau ES, McCarthy EP. Targeting of mammography screening according to life expectancy in women aged 75 and older. J. Am. Geriatr. Soc. 61(3), 388–395 (2013). The evidence on the effectiveness of mammography screening for women aged 75 years or more has been reviewed. As there is no randomized screening trial evidence of benefit, the evidence from trials involving younger women have to be extrapolated. However, the relevant trials were performed before recent advances in breast cancer treatment were available, thus the absolute degree of benefit has to be much less than estimated from the trials.