Breast cancer

Scan women in 30s for breast cancer, says charity

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Younger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says.

Patient getting a mammogram exam
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Breast Cancer Now funded a study carried out by University of Manchester which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms.

NHS screening often starts at the age of 40 for women with a family history.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, the charity's chief executive, said earlier tests could be "an enormous breakthrough".

The study offered scans to 2,899 women aged 35 to 39 deemed to have a moderate or high risk of the disease.