Half a million breast cancer deaths avoided in last 30 years

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(WILX) - Some good news in the fight against breast cancer.

The latest United States estimates show that more than half a million deaths from the disease have been avoided over the past three decades.

Researchers credit the wide use of mammograms and improvements in breast cancer treatments for saving women's lives.

However, there's still some more work to do, as only about half of women over 40 get regular mammograms.

This study was led by researchers at University of Colorado, Duke University and University of Michigan and published in 'Cancer.'