Lack Of Interest May Be Most Common Barrier To Mammography Screening In Rural Kentucky

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Diagnostic Imaging reports that research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco, CA, “the most common barrier to regular mammography screening” in rural areas of Kentucky “may be a lack of interest on the part of women.” After surveying some 328 women age 40 and over in 10 counties, researchers “found that more than one-third of women who had not had a mammogram said they had no interest in doing so.” The study authors theorized that women might not be educated on the benefits of breast screening. 

Signed Letters From Physicians May Improve Mammography Screening Rates

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
OncLive reports that “women who received signed letters from their family physician along with scheduled postcard reminders are more likely to return for mammography screening than women who only received a postcard, according to results presented...in advance of the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium.” Data indicated that during “a 6-month period, 22.3% of women who received only postcards returned for screening, compared with 33.2% of those who received both forms of outreach.” 

GE's 3D mammography device gets U.S. FDA approval

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

General Electric Co's healthcare unit last week won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its mammography device that produces three-dimensional images to detect breast cancer. According to the company's website, the device, SenoClaire, uses imaging technology that combines low radiation-dosed X-rays from multiple angles to produce a superior mammogram.

Ellen Shaw de Paredes, breast cancer screening pioneer, loses cancer battle

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Dr. Ellen Shaw de Paredes passed away on Saturday. She founded the Ellen Shaw de Paredes Institute for Women’s Imaging in 2005 because she saw a great need for more advanced breast cancer screenings. 

Minnesota doctors now must report dense breast tissue on mammograms

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Minnesota mandated as of Aug. 1 that” physicians “notify women if their mammograms discover dense breast tissue, which can mask the presence of a tumor on an X-ray.” The Star Tribune points out that “letters with mammogram results started going out from Mayo Clinic this month with...tissue density” information, but “the response has been so mild that the clinic’s director, Dr. Karthik Ghosh, wonders if women are reading beyond the first sentence indicating a negative test result.”