Diagnostic Imaging (9/6) reports researchers found that “the greatest mortality reduction based on stage of breast cancer diagnosis is achieved when mammographic screening starts at age 40.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Aunt Minnie (9/5, Yee) reports according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, a “screening mammography program that begins when a woman is 40 and continues on an annual basis is the most effective for reducing mortality rates” because “screening that starts earlier and is performed every year finds breast cancer in its earlier stages, which boosts a woman’s chances of beating the disease.” Study author Dr. Samir Patel of Elkhart General Hospital in Indiana wrote, “Breast cancer survival is related to many factors, but stage at diagnosis is a critical determinant, with greater survival at a lower stage at diagnosis.”
The Radiology Business Journal (9/5, Thakar) reports researchers found that “cancer detection rates” from mammography “can increase by as much as 40 percent with supplemental ultrasound.” The findings were published in the British Journal of Cancer.
Aunt Minnie (8/31, Yee) reports that according to an article published online August 29 in the Journal of Global Oncology, “researchers successfully used a combination of handheld ultrasound and computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) software to triage women in Mexico who had palpable breast masses,” which could improve access to screening mammography. The team wrote that the results “open up the possibility of implementing practical, cost-effective triage of palpable breast lumps, ensuring that scarce resources can be dedicated to suspicious lesions requiring further workup.”
Aunt Minnie (8/22, Yee) reports that research indicates “the mammography screening rate declined among women with a history of breast cancer after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its breast screening guidelines for average-risk women in 2009.” This “decline seems to be an unintended consequence of the guideline change.” The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Surgery.