Some Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer May Receive Unnecessary Imaging Tests, Study Suggests

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Healio (2/23) reports that research indicated “a large number of women with early-stage breast cancer received imaging tests that may be medically unnecessary.”

Expert Opinions Vary When it Comes to Mammograms

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Samir Patel, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist, Radiology Inc. tells the South Bend Tribune, the likelihood of dying of breast cancer will be 70 percent less for women who begin screening annually at age 40 than if they follow the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines. 

Effectiveness of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Compared with Digital Mammography Outcomes Analysis from 3 Years of Breast Cancer Screening

Thursday, February 18, 2016
“Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography” was recently published in JAMA Oncology. In this study SBI Fellow Dr. Emily Conant and her colleagues found that the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (lower recall rates and increased cancer detection rates) are sustainable beyond the first screening. Equally, and perhaps more important, there were fewer interval cancers with tomosynthesis screening compared to standard digital mammography screening. 

My Turn: Age 40 is the Right Time to Begin Annual Breast Exams

Monday, February 15, 2016

SBI Member Dr. Rebecca A. Zuurbier, associate professor of radiology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and director of breast imaging at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, explains why beginning annual mammograms at age 40 will save the most lives.  

Health Check: Mammogram Screening Confusion

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SBI Member, Lisa Schneider, MD, of the Piper Breast Center at West Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota, spoke to community members about the importance of annual breast cancer screenings. The meeting was featured in a news story by 12 News in Minneapolis. Dr. Schneider told the group, "the benefit of screening mammography is that it can detect cancers before a woman can feel them, before it has a chance to spread potentially."