Signed Letters From Physicians May Improve Mammography Screening Rates

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
OncLive reports that “women who received signed letters from their family physician along with scheduled postcard reminders are more likely to return for mammography screening than women who only received a postcard, according to results presented...in advance of the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium.” Data indicated that during “a 6-month period, 22.3% of women who received only postcards returned for screening, compared with 33.2% of those who received both forms of outreach.” 

GE's 3D mammography device gets U.S. FDA approval

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

General Electric Co's healthcare unit last week won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its mammography device that produces three-dimensional images to detect breast cancer. According to the company's website, the device, SenoClaire, uses imaging technology that combines low radiation-dosed X-rays from multiple angles to produce a superior mammogram.

Ellen Shaw de Paredes, breast cancer screening pioneer, loses cancer battle

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Dr. Ellen Shaw de Paredes passed away on Saturday. She founded the Ellen Shaw de Paredes Institute for Women’s Imaging in 2005 because she saw a great need for more advanced breast cancer screenings. 

Minnesota doctors now must report dense breast tissue on mammograms

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Minnesota mandated as of Aug. 1 that” physicians “notify women if their mammograms discover dense breast tissue, which can mask the presence of a tumor on an X-ray.” The Star Tribune points out that “letters with mammogram results started going out from Mayo Clinic this month with...tissue density” information, but “the response has been so mild that the clinic’s director, Dr. Karthik Ghosh, wonders if women are reading beyond the first sentence indicating a negative test result.” 

Study: Mammography False Alarms Linked To Later Tumor Risk

Monday, August 25, 2014
Danish researchers as saying that, for unknown reasons, women whose mammogram screenings generate “false positives” are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the years that follow. The University of Copenhagen study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, attempted to determine how much, if any, of the extra risk is due to doctors missing the cancer the first time they scrutinized the seemingly dire mammogram findings, but such errors explained just a small percentage of the increased risk, said lead author and epidemiologist My von Euler-Chelpin. The researcher said it’s likely a smaller percentage of American women would have a heightened risk for breast cancer after a false-positive test because the US has a higher rate of false positives than Denmark.