BMJ Article on Breast Cancer Screening Effectiveness: Incredibly Flawed and Misleading

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

According to the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging, the recent breast cancer screening article (Miller et al) published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is an incredibly misleading analysis based on the deeply flawed and widely discredited Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS). The results of this BMJ study, and others resulting from the CNBSS trial, should not be used to create breast cancer screening policy as this would place a great many women at increased risk of dying unnecessarily from breast cancer.

Annals of Internal Medicine Article on Breast Cancer Screening Costs: Incomplete, Misleading and Not Helpful

Monday, February 3, 2014
The article by Cristina O’Donoghue, MD, MPH and accompanying editorial by Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH released on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine describe increased costs of mammographic screening due to adherence to ACS screening guidelines. The paper has numerous problems with its methodology and its conclusions are misleading. 

Adding Digital Breast Tomosynthesis To Mammography May Almost Double Image Interpretation Time

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital compared interpretation times for conventional screening mammography and combined tomosynthesis and mammography; they found that adding tomosynthesis increased the amount of time required to interpret a case by 47% (Radiology, January 2014, Vol. 270:1, pp. 49-56).

SBI Members, Breast Imaging Experts Criticize Recent Op-Ed On Mammography

Thursday, January 2, 2014
In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Murray Rebner, president of the Society of Breast Imaging, and Barbara Monsees, chair of the Breast Imaging Commission of the American College of Radiology criticize a recent Times op-ed by H. Gilbert Welch, saying that it “provides the basis for bad advice to women.” Monsees and Rebner write that “every medical organization experienced in breast cancer (including the American Cancer Society, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) recommends annual mammograms for women ages 40 and older.”