Survey Finds Most Women Prefer Annual Breast Cancer Screening.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Aunt Minnie (11/21, Yee) reports that a survey of 731 women found that 71 percent preferred to have breast screening once a year, according to a study to be presented at RSNA 2017 in Chicago. The article says the frequency of screening has “been debated fiercely since 2009, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its recommendation from annual screening to screening every two years beginning at age 50.” The American College of Radiology (ACR), for instance, recommends annual breast cancer screenings begin at age 40. Dr. Ghizlane Bouzghar from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia said, “Women are much better educated about the value of screening mammography than they are given credit for” and “the USPSTF’s concerns about mammography’s ‘harms’ are somewhat paternalistic.” 

Overweight Women May Be More Likely To Have Larger Tumors At Time Of Diagnosis, Study Suggests.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Newsweek (11/20, Dovey) reports that a study “suggests that in addition to being at higher risk of developing breast cancer, overweight women are more likely to have larger tumors at the time of diagnosis.” The findings are to be presented at the Radiological Society of North America meeting. 

FDA Approves Wire-Free Breast Tumor Locator For Long-Term Use.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Medscape (11/16, Nelson) reports that the Food and Drug Administration approved for long-term use the SAVI Scout reflector, a wire-free, nonradioactive breast tumor localization device that is part of the SAVI Scout surgical guidance system made by Cianna Medical Inc. Medscape says, “The system uses an intratumoral electromagnetic wave device, implanted under ultrasound or mammographic guidance, to localize occult breast lesions with a probe during surgery.” The approval is important because “with the new FDA clearance, it can remain in place during the period between biopsy and surgery,” reducing the need for reexcision. 

Bipartisan Legislation Seeks To Standardize Communication To Women Regarding Whether They Have Dense Breast Tissue On Mammography.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aunt Minnie (11/10) reported that bipartisan legislation “that would standardize communication to women regarding whether they have dense breast tissue on mammography” has been “introduced in both the US House” and Senate. Among other things, the legislation “would set a minimum federal standard, as designated by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), for notification about dense tissue and recommend that women discuss with their healthcare providers whether they would benefit from additional screening.” 

ACR Panel Publishes Appropriateness Criteria For Breast Cancer Screening.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aunt Minnie (11/9) reports that “the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) expert panel on breast imaging has published appropriateness criteria for breast cancer screening.” The criteria were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.