July 2013

 

July 31, 2013.

Tailored Breast Cancer Screening For Women In Their 40s May Be Effective
A tailored breast cancer screening program for women between the ages of 40 and 49 is not only feasible and affordable, it's effective for finding asymptomatic, low-stage tumors, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiology.

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July 31, 2013

Wait-And-See Approach May Be Safe For Women With Certain Types Of Breast Lesions
Women with certain breast tissue abnormalities that raise their risk for cancer can safely take a wait-and-see approach rather than rush into surgery, a new study published in Radiology suggests.

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July 30, 2013

Experts Suggest Certain Conditions Should Not Be Called “Cancer”
The recommendations, from a working group of the National Cancer Institute, were published on Monday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. They say, for instance, that some premalignant conditions, like one that affects the breast called ductal carcinoma in situ, which many doctors agree is not cancer, should be renamed to exclude the word carcinoma so that patients are less frightened and less likely to seek what may be unneeded and potentially harmful treatments that can include the surgical removal of the breast.

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July 30, 2013

DBT May Reduce Overall Recall Rates In Breast Cancer Screening
When added to mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) reduces overall recall rates in breast cancer screening by 30%, with even greater reductions for women younger than 50 and those with dense breasts, according to a new study published online in Radiology.

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July 25, 2013

MR, F-18 FDG PET May Be Able To Suss Out Obscure Breast Cancer Phenotypes
The heterogeneity of breast cancer can make it difficult to capture, especially in cases where telltale receptor expression or tumor characterization are not involved. However, MR and F-18 FDG PET may be able to suss out the more obscure phenotypes of the disease, according to a study published July 17 in Radiology.

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July 24, 2013

Study: Racial Gap In Breast Cancer Survival Persists
Various media outlets report on a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that indicates the racial gap in breast cancer survival persists. The data indicated that “nearly 70 percent of white women” survived for “at least five years after diagnosis,” but just “56 percent of black women” survived that long.

Read more: HealthDay, New York Times, MedPage Today, Los Angeles Times

July 24, 2013

North Carolina Enacts Breast Density Law
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on July 23 signed legislation that directs healthcare facilities that perform mammography examinations to provide patients with information on their breast density.

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July 24, 2013

Mammography Recall Rates Appear Higher In Hospital Setting
Screening mammography recall rates are often higher in the hospital setting, but this doesn't necessarily mean that hospital radiologists are performing worse than their counterparts in community practice, according to a new study published online in Radiology.

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Read the press release here.

July 1, 2013

Breast Density a Key Factor in Cancer Screening
The Miami Herald reports on breast density and the growing number of groups advocating for legislation requiring physicians to share breast density information with patients who have received a mammogram.

Read the full article here.