A Miami Herald (9/22, Horton) article discusses the impact of breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) on breast cancer screening in younger women. The Herald points out, “One in six breast cancers occur in women aged 40-49, according to the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging.” The Herald article also explores possible impacts of American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines on minority women.
HealthDay (9/22, Preidt) reports, that “software that quickly analyzes mammograms and patient history to determine breast cancer risk could save time and reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to the developers of the technology.” This “software was used to evaluate mammograms and pathology reports of 500 breast cancer patients.” Researchers found that “it did so 30 times faster than” physicians “and with 99 percent accuracy.” The findings were published in Cancer.
The Society of Breast Imaging released a list of websites women can look up for useful and reliable information about breast density.
Aunt Minnie (9/21, Yee) reports that “more than half of U.S. hospitals with websites and breast cancer screening services offer online mammography patient education material,” but research suggests this material is not always “understandable to patients.” Meanwhile, researchers found that “of the 1,753 hospital websites that offered mammography patient education materials, only 28% referenced one or more guidelines.” That “included guidelines from the American Cancer Society (19%), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (5%), the American College of Radiology (3%), and other societies (7%).” The findings published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Aunt Minnie (9/20, Yee) reports that “healthcare reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to boost utilization rates for screening mammography – for some demographic groups by as much as 42%,” which “suggests that incentive-based programs like ACOs might just work to boost quality and cut costs, according to a new study published online...in Radiology.”