ASCO/ACS Issue Joint Guideline For Care Of Breast Cancer Survivors

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Reuters (12/8, Rapaport) reports on guidelines issued jointly by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Cancer Society and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology intended to help women and their physicians to identify best care for survivors of breast cancer as well as be prepared for common problems. The guidelines were based on analysis of 237 studies of breast cancer survivors as well as consultation with specialists. The data indicate that these women should continue to have mammograms and physical exams, but do not need further imaging or tests, unless indicated by symptoms. 

Early Detection of Breast Cancer Backed by U.K. Study

Monday, December 7, 2015

According to a study of 5.2 million U.K. women published in the journal Lancet Oncology, detecting and treating ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) lowers the number of invasive breast cancers found over the next three years. For every three cases of DCIS detected and treated, one fewer case of invasive cancer was diagnosed in the following three years than would have been without early intervention, the study found. The study was led by SBI member and Honorary Fellow, Stephen Duffy, MD. 

SBI response to U.K. study that found DCIS detected by screening suggests that detection and treatment of DCIS is worthwhile in prevention of future invasive disease

Monday, December 7, 2015
"Mammography screening began in the mid 1980's and soon after, for the first time in 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer began to fall.  As more and more women have participated in screening the death rate has now declined so that there are 36% fewer women dying each year than would have died had screening and improvements in therapy not been available.  The importance of early detection is seen in a study at two of the major Harvard Teaching hospitals where more than 70% of women who died from breast cancer, despite access to the latest therapies, were among the 20% of women who are not participating in screening.  There are no good national statistics on mammography and breast cancer deaths, but the Harvard study suggests that many of the 40,000 deaths from breast cancer that still occur each year are due to women not participating in screening.

False Positive Mammograms May Be A Risk Factor For Breast Cancer

Saturday, December 5, 2015

NBC Nightly News (12/5, story 8, 2:10, Welker) reported, in continuing coverage, that a new study found that false positive mammograms may be a new warning sign for breast cancer that some doctors now “say should...be added to the list of risk factors for the disease.” 

False Positive Mammograms May Be Linked To Higher Risk Of Later Breast Cancer

Thursday, December 3, 2015
On its website, NBC News (12/3, Fox) reports that research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention indicated that “women who had false-positives were more likely to actually develop breast cancer” in the future.