The Los Angeles Times (1/12, Kaplan) “Science Now” reports that research suggests that with regard to “breast cancer, improvements in treatment have barely changed the benefit of using mammograms as a screening tool.” The research “explains that the value of early detection depends in part on the effectiveness of treatment.” The findings were published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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SBI/ACR Responds to USPSTF Final Recommendations
HealthDay (1/8, Preidt) reports that research published in the American Journal of Medicine suggests “regular mammograms benefit elderly women.” Investigators “analyzed Medicare data from 1995 to 2009 on more than 4,800 black women and more than 59,000 white women, all of whom were aged 69 or older.” The researchers found that “among women aged 75 to 84, those who had annual mammograms” had a lower likelihood of dying “from breast cancer over a 10-year period than those who had irregular or no mammograms.”
Dr. January Lopez, SBI member and director of Breast Imaging at Hoag Breast Cancer, argued in the Los Angeles Times (1/1) “Daily Pilot” that “despite new recommendations, the facts remain clear: breast cancer kills and screening saves lives.” Lopez wrote that along with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Radiology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, “Hoag Hospital remains steadfast in our belief that annual mammograms starting at age 40 are the standard of care.”