American Cancer Society Revises Its Mammogram Guidelines

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
News that the American Cancer Society (ACS) has revised its mammogram guidelines received extensive coverage, with all three of last night’s national news broadcasts covering the story, for a total of nearly nine minutes of coverage. The story also generated extensive coverage in print and online, with nearly every major US newspaper, website and wire offering coverage. Much of the coverage focuses on the differences between mammogram guidelines from different groups, and how these differences could lead to confusion among women. Many of the articles highlight that the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging continue to recommend that women begin annual mammograms at age 40. 

ACR and SBI Continue to Recommend Regular Mammography Beginning at Age 40

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Read the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging's response to the American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines here.

ACR/SBI Talking Points: ACS Mammography Guidelines

Why Start Screening at Age 40?

ACR Mammography Study Brief

Physicians Look To Ease Anxiety When Giving Mammogram Results

Friday, October 16, 2015
The NPR (10/16, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports that studies have found “about 61 percent of women will have at least one false positive result,” on their mammograms and these “false positives are associated with anxiety.” A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute looked into interventions to attempt to reduce the worry and stress caused by false positive mammograms, such as immediately reading the results and providing educational materials. Debra Monticciolo, chairwoman of the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Breast Imaging says that assessing a mammogram is different then other types of X-rays because “every breast looks different. It’s like reading fingerprints. There isn’t just one normal.”

Treatment Changes For DCIS Have Not Had An Impact On Breast Cancer Survival Rates, Study Indicates

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The NPR (10/14, Shute) “Shots” blog reports that research suggests that “shifts in treatment since 1999 away from single mastectomy and toward lumpectomy with radiation for DCIS haven’t changed breast cancer survival rates, according to a study that looked at data on over 120,000 women.” The research was published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 

Breast Cancer Screening Effective At Detecting Tumors Early, Study Finds

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Aunt Minnie (10/13, Rylands-Monk) reports, “Women have a greater chance of five-year survival if breast cancer is detected early while tumors are small, fewer in number, and early-stage,” according to the results of a large Dutch study published Oct. 6 in the BMJ, which suggests “breast cancer screening works.” The study, which “involved 173,797 female patients with primary breast cancer from two time frames: 1999 to 2005 (80,228 patients) and 2006 to 2012 (93,569 patients),” also revealed that “reducing false positives must remain an urgent priority.”