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Breast Density Notification Letters May Not Motivate High-Risk Women To Pursue Further Risk Assessment

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Aunt Minnie (7/22, Yee) reports that “some 85% of women who received [breast] density notification letters didn’t follow through with services offered by a risk-assessment clinic,” according to a study published July 14 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Penn State Hershey Breast Center investigators “found that letters sent directly to women who had a 20% or higher lifetime risk of breast cancer did not appear to motivate them to pursue further risk assessment.” 

Radiation From Mammography May Be Lower Than Originally Believed

Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Oregonian (7/16, Terry) reports that research suggests that “radiation from mammography may be lower than originally” believed.

HealthDay (7/16, Norton) reports that investigators “created a model of breast anatomy based on CT scans from 219 women – who ranged in age, ethnicity and breast density.” The study “estimate[d] that the radiation dose from a screening mammogram is anywhere from 20 percent to 35 percent lower than previously” believed. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. 

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