Mammograms may reduce risk of breast cancer death

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -

New research suggested that women who get routine mammograms may be able to reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer in half.

Dutch researchers looked at nearly eight hundred women 49 years old and older.

Those who got the most benefit from screenings were the 70 to 75-year-olds.

That age group saw an 84-percent reduction in cancer death.

The 50 to 69-year-old group had a death rate reduced by 39 percent.

You can find the study online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology.

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