NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 16, 1977
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(Studio) Panel of experts recommends to National Cancer Institute that routine x-rays for detection of breast cancer in women under 50 be stopped. REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Bethesda, Maryland) Since 1973, American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute have been encouraging women to get regular mammographies, and program conts., despite warnings from some scientists that x-rays could cause more cancer than they detect. Documents show Cancer Institute advised of danger in 1972, before program began. Panel concludes that benefits of mammography outweigh dangers only for women 50 years old or older; it also recommends physicians be more cautious in interpreting results of mammography. Discovery of cases of unnecessary breast removal noted.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell