Physicians Still Disagree Over When to Recommend Mammograms, Study Indicates

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Washington Post (4/10, Naqvi) reports that research indicates “primary-care physicians and gynecologists continue recommending breast cancer screening for younger and older women despite changes to breast cancer screening guidelines.” Researchers found that “trust in different guidelines and a physician’s specialization affect their screening recommendations.” The findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Reading DBT Exams Immediately After They Are Acquired May Not Increase Recall Rates, Research Suggests

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Aunt Minnie (4/7, Yee) reported that research suggests “reading digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams immediately after they’re acquired doesn’t necessarily increase recall rates.” The findings were presented at the Society of Breast Imaging conference. 

Research Suggests Link Between Smog and Dense Breasts

Thursday, April 13, 2017

HealthDay (4/6, Doheny) reports that research suggests “women who live where the air is thick with pollutants may be more likely to have dense breasts.” Study author Dr. Lusine Yaghjyan said, “It appears that women who have dense breasts have a 20 percent greater likelihood of having been exposed to smog.” Meanwhile, “women with less-dense breasts were 12 percent less likely to have been exposed to high levels of the fine particles in air pollution that can infiltrate the lungs, she added.” The findings were published in Breast Cancer Research. HealthDay adds that the researchers looked at records of approximately 280,000 women at least 40 years old who had had a mammogram. 

FDA Approves Siemens High-Definition DBT Technology

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Aunt Minnie (4/5) reports that “Siemens Healthineers has received approval from the” FDA “for its high-definition digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) technology.” 

Death Rates for the Most Common Types of Cancer Have Declined, Report Says

Monday, April 3, 2017

Newsweek (3/31, Silva) reported that the National Institutes of Health’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer indicated “death rates for the most common types of cancer dropped for men, women and children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds from 2010-2014.” Investigators found that “the rates of new cancers were lower for men but held steady for women.”