Study: Dense Breast Tissue Should Not Be Only Determinant For Supplemental, Alternative Screening Methods After Normal Mammogram

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Diagnostic Imaging (6/3) reports that research suggests that “dense breast tissue should not be the sole determinant for supplemental or alternative screening methods following a normal mammogram.” The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Study: Vast Majority Of Radiologists Continue To Advocate Yearly Mammograms Starting At Age 40

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Aunt Minnie (5/28, Yee) reports that a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology reveals that “despite an ongoing, heated debate over when women should start breast cancer screening, more than 95% of radiologists continue to advocate having yearly mammograms beginning at age 40” and even “follow that counsel themselves.” Researchers arrived at these conclusions after analyzing survey data from 487 breast radiologists. 

IOM Workshop Focuses On How Quality Of Mammography Interpretation Can Be Improved

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Aunt Minnie (5/26, Yee) reports that at a May 12 workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine’s “National Cancer Policy Forum and sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS), participants reviewed current evidence on interpretation performance in mammography and considered potential opportunities for advancing research and practice,” focusing on how “the quality of mammography interpretation” can be improved. According to Aunt Minnie, “a number of leaders from the American College of Radiology” attended the workshop. 

Analysis: Mammography Screening Rate Of US Senior Women Dropped After USPSTF Changed Guidance In 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Aunt Minnie (5/19, Casey) reports that an analysis published in the May-June issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues “has found that mammography screening rates of women 65 years and older dropped immediately in 2009 after the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its guidance on breast screening.” Specifically, “monthly breast screening rates for women ages 65 to 90 fell 6% in the year after USPSTF adopted more restrictive guidelines on screening, and three years later they had fallen by a total of 8%,” the analysis found. 

Approximately Half Of Women With Dense Breasts May Have A Low Risk Of Developing Cancer

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The New York Times (5/19, Grady, Subscription Publication) reports that research published in Annals of Internal Medicine “offers help to patients and” physicians “who are trying to deal with mammogram results that many women consider troubling and confusing: the finding of ‘dense’ breast tissue.”

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