Study: Risk Of Radiation-Induced Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Death Due To Screening Mammograms Is Minimal

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Diagnostic Imaging (11/19) reports that research published in Acta Radiologica suggests that “the risk of radiation-induced breast cancer and breast cancer death due to mammographic screening is minimal.” Investigators found “that a total lifetime risk of radiation-induced breast cancers per 100,000 women was 10 among those women who were followed from the ages of 50 to 85, for a dose of 2.5 mGy, a latency time of 10 years, and a DDREF of 1.” Meanwhile, “for the same parameter values the number of radiation-induced breast cancer death was one.” 

Adding AB US To Screening Mammography May Lead To Better Cancer Detection

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Diagnostic Imaging reports on a study in the journal Radiology that found “Adding automated breast (AB) ultrasonography (US) to screening mammography increases cancer detection among women with dense breasts.” The study also found “an increase in the number of false-positive test results.”

USPSTF May Unveil New Mammography Recommendations Early Next Year

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
“Healthopolis” blog reports, “After facing a backlash over its 2009...mammography” recommendations, the United States Preventive Services Task Force “is seeking to keep the public informed about its efforts to update its recommendations on breast cancer screening.” The task force “may unveil its next mammography recommendation...early” next year.

Adding Tomosynthesis To Traditional Digital Mammogram May Cost Less In The Long Run For Women With Dense Breasts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
TIME reports, “More hospitals are offering women the latest technology in mammography: machines that can recreate breast tissue in 3D to help doctors better detect the earliest cancers.” However, “it’s still not clear whether these screens, which cost more than digital mammograms, are worth the money.” Investigators found, “in a study published in the journal Radiology...that for women with dense breasts, who often need repeat mammograms, adding on 3D screening—called tomosynthesis—to a traditional digital mammogram actually costs less in the long run.”