ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 24, 1976
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(Studio) National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society oppose breast cancer x-rays for women 35-50 on chance x-rays might cause cancer. Exceptions noted. New interim guidelines for detection set up in centers across country
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(New York) Statistics with regard to breast cancer cited. New federal guideline says x-rays may slightly increase cancer rate, but is still held that mammography important to detection. [Director Guttman Institute Dr. Philip STRAX - says mammogram only way to detect cancer before it can be felt and is in most curable stage. Gives example.] Reporter asks how danger can be lowered. [STRAX - says radiation in each mammographic dose can be lowered and explains how.] Cancer centers will warn patients with regard to x-ray danger; mammography still only way to catch breast cancer before detection possible any other way. Breast cancer caught early by x-ray has 95% cure rate.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
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