Friday, April 15, 2016

All Women Turning 40 Should Get A Breast Cancer Risk Assessment, Research Suggests

HealthDay (4/14, Thompson) reports that a study “suggests that all women turning 40 should get a breast cancer risk assessment, since half of them may have risks that are high enough to warrant annual mammograms right away.” This “review of female patients between the ages of 40 and 44 found that 50 percent had an above-average risk for breast cancer, and therefore would be eligible to begin screening mammography at age 40, said lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Plichta.” The research “also found a significant percentage of women would qualify for other breast screening methods, including breast MRI and genetic testing, Plichta said.” The study was presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons annual meeting. Aunt Minnie (4/15, Yee) also covers the story. 


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