HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports that research indicates that “after American women began to adopt annual mammography screening in the 1980s...the average size of newly discovered breast tumors got smaller.” Researchers looked “at data on more than 386,000 US women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1983 and 2014.” The investigators found that “the average size of breast tumors at diagnosis fell 23 percent during that time – from 26 millimeters to 20 millimeters (1.02 to 0.79 inches).” The findings are to be presented Thursday at the European Breast Cancer Conference.
Aunt Minnie (3/21) reports that “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has signed the state’s breast density reporting bill.” Utah is the 32nd state in the US state to enact such a law.
HealthDay (3/21, Preidt) reports a new study suggests “women with breast symptoms at a regular cancer screening are more likely to develop breast cancer before their next screening.” Specifically, “compared to women with no symptoms, those with a lump had more than triple the risk for a breast cancer diagnosis before their next scheduled screening.” The findings were presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Aunt Minnie (3/20, Yee) reports study published online March 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine found “women older than 75 received breast screening less often after they enrolled in an accountable care organization (ACO).” The change “was part of a general trend in which ACOs shifted cancer screening to conform with existing clinical guidelines,” and in addition to declining participation in breast screening for older women, “members of ACOs saw lower levels of prostate cancer screening, while colorectal cancer screening tended to shift toward those at highest risk of the disease,” the article says.
The Radiology Business Journal (3/16, Slachta) reported clinicians have found that “false positive rates are lower and cancer-detection rates higher when using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer detection and diagnosis,” according to a study to be presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society’s annual meeting from April 22-27. According to an ARRS release, “Rates of false positive breast cancer screening exams fell after complete integration of DBT into oncology practices.”