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Women With Inflammatory Breast Cancer Often Fail To Receive Full Treatment

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Houston Chronicle reports that a study conducted at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston found that “many” women with inflammatory breast cancer “don’t receive the full treatment most likely to beat the disease.” The result is attributed to “doctors’ ignorance.” The recognized treatment is “chemotherapy, surgery and radiation,” but the particular type of cancer is “typically unrecognized by patients and often misdiagnosed by doctors.” Researchers concluded that women with inflammatory breast cancer should be “treated at a large cancer center.” The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in July. 

Letter: Senator John Mulroe says 3-D mammogram is a valuable screening tool

Thursday, August 7, 2014

In the letter, Senator John Mulroe says, "While Dr. Welch raises some debatable points, I believe more credence should be given to the facts from the recent groundbreaking Journal of the American Medical Association study on 3D mammograms. It showed that 3-D mammograms find 41 percent more invasive cancers — those are the lethal ones we need to find early — than traditional mammograms alone."

ACR Urging CMS To Reimburse Providers For Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

Thursday, July 24, 2014
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse providers for digital breast tomosynthesis. Women currently have to pay for tomosynthesis out of pocket, despite growing evidence of the technology's superiority over conventional digital mammography.

Lawmakers Introduce Federal Breast Density Legislation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have introduced breast density legislation aimed at improving breast cancer screening for women. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) and Steve Israel (NY) have introduced related legislation in the House.

Under the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act, providers would be required to include breast density information in mammogram reports, allowing women to discuss with their doctors whether they should pursue additional screening. Though several states have passed similar mandates, no federal requirement currently exists.

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