HealthImaging (10/6, Thakar) reported that research suggests “patients are less likely to choose digital breast tomosynthesis screening mammography (DBTSM), despite more accurate results than traditional 2D mammography screening (2DSM), because of potential financial considerations.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Aunt Minnie (10/4, Yee) reports on a study in Academic Radiology which found that radiologists “remain conflicted about breast density notification legislation, whether to recommend supplemental imaging for women with dense breast tissue, and, if so, what kind of imaging is best.” The team led by “Dr. Ana Lourenco at Brown University found that only 66% of respondents to a survey of members of the New England Roentgen Ray Society felt that density notification legislation increased provider awareness about density’s effect on mammographic sensitivity.” Researchers wrote that their study “confirms that radiologists would benefit from further education about breast density laws, the clinical importance of dense breast tissue, and management of women with dense tissue.” The article adds, “a professional society guideline would be very helpful for both referring physicians and radiologists – and the American College of Radiology (ACR) is working on it, Lourenco said.”
The Washington Post (10/3, McGinley) reports in “To Your Health” that “breast cancer death rates declined” nearly “40 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 deaths, the American Cancer Society reported” yesterday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The study indicated “breast cancer death rates increased by 0.4 percent per year from 1975 to 1989.” However, “after that, mortality rates decreased rapidly, for a 39 percent drop overall through 2015.”
TIME (10/3, Park) reports, “In some states, the death rates from breast cancer among white women and black women are equalizing, suggesting that access to screening and treatments are more evenly distributed in those parts of the” US. However, “the data still show that black women have the highest death rates from breast cancer nationally.”
Meanwhile, HealthDay (10/3, Dallas) reports, “The median age for breast cancer deaths is 68, but black patients died younger – at 62, on average.” Also covering the story are Medscape (10/3, Nelson) and Healio (10/3, Leiser).