Doctor Responds to Study Questioning Effectiveness of Mammograms

A local doctor responded Wednesday to a recent study that questioned the effectiveness of mammograms.

The Canadian study, published Tuesday in The British Medical Journal, claimed that yearly mammograms for women 40 to 59-years-old do not reduce cancer deaths.

A doctor from the California Hospital Medical Center disagreed with the study.

I believe the ability to treat cancers at their earliest possible stage is made possible by the use of mammograms, said Dr. Dennis Holmes.

The American Cancer Society also recommends women over 40 get a yearly mammogram. Some should get mammograms even earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer.

Christina Pascucci reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Feb. 12, 2014.