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One Third of Woman Face Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

University of Manchester researchers in northern England say that those with a higher risk than average of developing breast cancer should received mammograms annually.

Researchers from the Manchester study said 33% of women have a higher risk of breast cancer developing and could be benefitted from having screening more frequently.

The researchers said however that three screenings per year remain the appropriate number for the majority of females.

The team of researchers worked with colleague from London’s Queen Mary University to study over 53,000 women from the screening program offered by the NHS.

Information was collected as well from women who attended routing screenings in Manchester, who had agreed to take part.

Gareth Evans a professor from Manchester University is the chief investigator of the study and unveiled its results in Glasgow on Friday at a breast cancer conference.

Evans said that identifying risk for the development of breast cancer for individual women could help medical professionals target screening as well as improve treatments that are preventative.

The Breast Screening Program from the NHS is open for women between the ages of 47 and 73. Since the program started in 2009, over 53,000 women have participated in the program’s study.

Over that time, 634 women developed a form of breast cancer.

Researchers discovered 1,280 women had a risk that was high for the development of cancer over the upcoming 10 years and another 14,700 women were listed as having an above average risk during the same time period. That left more than 36,750 women with a below or average risk of developing breast cancer.

Researchers said that 2.3% of the women who had the high risk developed cancer while the study was taking place, compared to just 0.3% of those that were in the lowest risk category.

This is the UK’s largest study of this type and its results could have a big impact on the NHS screening program, said the professor.

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