Routine mammograms cut death risk by half

December 7, 2011 6:45:51 PM PST
Routine mammograms may cut a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer in half.

Dutch researchers found women who benefited the most from screenings were 70 to 75-year-olds.

That age group saw an impressive 84% reduction in breast cancer deaths.

For women in their 50's and 60's the risk of death dropped by a substantial 39%.

Some experts think women should start getting mammograms at 40 while others say screenings should start at 50.