Breast MR Imaging May Improve Depiction Of DCIS Components Of Invasive Breast Cancers Prior To Surgery, Research Suggests.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Diagnostic Imaging (9/20) reports that research suggests “breast MR imaging improves depiction of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) components of invasive breast cancers before surgery.” The findings were published in Radiology.

Women Still Value Mammography’s Benefits Over Potential “Harms,” Study Suggests.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Aunt Minnie (9/18, Yee) reports researchers surveyed 429 women and found that fewer than 20 percent of respondents “knew about breast cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment,” and those who did said they do not find information about overdiagnosis and treatment “believable or persuasive.” Rebekah Nagler, PhD, of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Minnesota, said, “Despite increasing dissemination of information about cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment via both news media coverage and health-related websites, patient awareness remains low.” The findings were published in Medical Care. 

Mobile Mammography Programs Only “Somewhat Successful,” Study Says.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Aunt Minnie (9/14, Yee) reports that a new study shows that mobile mammography programs are “a move in the right direction, but more work needs to be done to better assist women who make use of mobile mammography,” including to ensure follow-up. At team led by Dr. Madelene Lewis of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston found that its mobile program was “only somewhat successful” in addressing the issues of getting underserved women screened. The study looked at “1,433 screening mammography exams performed in a mobile unit in 2014, and 1,434 exams performed at the university’s cancer center during the same year.” Lewis’ team “recorded associations between the two locations and characteristics such as health insurance, race, marital status, geographic area, adherence to screening guidelines, and recall rates.” 

Study Shows Benefits Of Starting Annual Screening Mammography At 40.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

HealthImaging (8/30, Walter) reports that research suggests “starting annual screening mammography for breast cancer at age 40 helps detect a significant number of cancers.” The article points out that “some advocacy groups, including the American College of Radiology, recommend starting annual screening at age 40, while other groups, such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), recommend women wait and begin biennial screening at age 50.” The study was published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

Breast MRI May Be Effective For Postpartum Breast Cancer, Study Suggests.

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Aunt Minnie (8/30, Forrest) reports on a study published in the American Journal of Reoengenology, finding that using an MRI on women with breast cancer within a year of “giving birth can achieve sensitivity of almost 100% for detecting tumors and changes surgical management in more than one in four cases.” The study contradicts the “common view that pregnancy-related hormonal changes and background parenchymal enhancement make breast MRI ineffective for women with pregnancy-associated breast cancer.” One of the authors of the study concludes, “We still were able to see 98% of the tumors, and we were still able to detect clinically relevant additional disease in many of the patients, which impacted surgical management in 28%, even in that first year postpartum.” 

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