MRI May Help Detect Malignancies That May Otherwise Be Missed

Friday, December 13, 2013
Even for women at average risk of breast cancer, screening by magnetic resonance imaging can detect small malignancies that would otherwise be missed. In a prospective study, the vast majority of MRI scans found nothing out of the ordinary in a cohort of women whose mammograms, ultrasounds, and clinical exams were all normal, according to Simone Schrading, MD, of the University of Aachen in Germany.

Screening Mammography Overdiagnosis Controversy May Be Contrived

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dec. 12 - Aunt Minnie: The controversy over the effect of mammographic screening on breast cancer mortality is largely contrived, according to study results presented on December 11 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

Robert A. Smith, PhD, of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Dr. Stephen Duffy of Queen Mary University of London, Dr. László Tabár of Falun Central Hospital in Sweden, and colleagues examined data from four large studies on the benefits and harms of mammography screening. Smith presented their work at the symposium, which is sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).