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Friday, November 6, 2015

Adding Ultrasound To Mammography May Improve Breast Cancer Detection Rates In Japanese Women

Medscape (11/6, Nelson) reports that research suggests that “adding ultrasound to mammography screening tests could improve rates of breast cancer detection in Japanese women.” Investigators found that “combining ultrasound with mammography resulted in correctly detecting cancer in more than 9 of 10 cases (91% sensitivity), whereas for women given mammography alone, just more than three quarters of tests correctly identified breast cancer (77% sensitivity).” Medscape adds that the findings “are important because mammography screening alone may not be sufficient for screening Asian women, owing to the fact that they characteristically have higher-density breasts than women of other ethnicities and because breast cancer tends to present at an earlier age in Japan than in Europe or the” US. The findings were published online in the Lancet. 
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