May 2013

 

May 23, 2013

DBT May Reduce Breast Cancer Screening Recall Rates
Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) when used as a screening tool for breast cancer reduces recall rates by 37% and increases the detection of invasive cancers by 54%, according to a new study published online May 22 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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May 21, 2013

Maryland Enacts Breast Density Patient Notification Law
Maryland last week became the seventh state to enact breast density patient notification laws. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the measure last week, which will go into effect Oct. 1. The law requires mammography centers to notify patients of their breast density.

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May 20, 2013

Rates Of Mammography Among Women In Their 40s Have Not Declined Significantly
The rates of breast cancer screening among women in their 40s do not appear to have declined significantly, despite national guidelines recommending otherwise, a new study found. When researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine analyzed breast screening data from surveys administered in 2006, 2008, and 2010 by state health departments nationwide, they found a "small but significantly increased odds of mammogram use in the time period after the USPSTF recommendation relative to women ages 50 to 74," in the year following the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) guideline change.

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May 17, 2013

Physicians Divided Over How To Best Spot Cancer In Women With Dense Breasts
While dense breasts make cancers more difficult to spot, some question how much additional testing women with the condition should undergo. Barbara Monsees, head of the American College of Radiology’s breast-imaging commission, said that women with dense breasts should discuss their overall risk of developing breast cancer with their physician. Women who would be considered high-risk should, according to Dr. Monsees, undergo MRI as well as a mammogram.

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May 15, 2013

DR May Be More Effective Than CR For Breast Cancer Detection
For breast cancer detection, digital direct radiography (DR) is more effective than computed radiography (CR), according to a cohort study published online May 14 in Radiology. However, DR is equivalent to screen-film mammography (SFM) for breast screening in women aged 50 to 74 years.

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Click here to read Dr. Edward Hendrick's talking points on this study

May 14, 2013

CR Mammography May Result In Lower Breast Cancer Detection Rates
Canadian researchers performing mammography with a computed radiography (CR) system saw lower breast cancer detection rates compared to analog film-screen mammography or a system based on flat-panel digital radiography (DR). Results were published online May 14 in Radiology.

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May 9, 2013

The American Cancer Society Provides a Pressroom Statement to the Recent New York Times Article, "Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer."

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May 9, 2013

Impact Of California's Breast Density Notification Law Discussed
SB 1538 went into effect on April 1, making California the fifth state to implement a breast density notification law, after Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, and New York. As with the other laws, California's version requires women in the state to be notified following a mammogram if they have dense breast tissue.

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May 8, 2013

Breast MRI May Help Improve Long-Term Prognosis
MRI evaluation following breast cancer diagnosis can improve a woman's long-term prognosis, as the modality is able to detect lymph-node metastases associated with poorer outcomes, according to research presented on May 3 at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) annual meeting in Chicago.

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May 2, 2013

MRI, Mammography Essential For Early Breast Cancer Detection In Hodgkin's Survivors
Both breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and mammography are essential for the early detection of breast cancer in women who survived Hodgkin's lymphoma and received radiation treatment at a young age, a prospective study has confirmed.

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May 1, 2013

SBI Provides Commentary on Two Recent Articles Relating to Overdiagnosis
These two recent European studies provide information regarding estimates of overdiagnosis attributed to mammographic screening. Both show overdiagnosis rates far less than estimates of Drs Bleyer and Welch.

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May 1, 2013

Breast Implants May Delay Cancer Diagnosis
Women with breast implants could run the risk of having breast cancer diagnosed at later stages, when survival might be worse, according to Canadian researchers.

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