Aunt Minnie (6/27) reports that in a study published in The Breast Journal, investigators “found that in response to breast density notification legislation, 33% of facilities have put new breast cancer screening programs in place, primarily with whole-breast ultrasound (WBUS) or digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), while 40% have begun performing formal risk assessment using tools such as the Gail or Tyrer-Cusick models.” The percentages are not higher “because key questions such as which modality is most effective, which patients would benefit most from supplemental screening, and which studies would be covered by insurance remain unresolved, lead author Dr. Lina Nayak...told AuntMinnie.com.”
The AP (6/13) reports New York lawmakers are “poised to expand access to breast cancer screening” by ordering “210 hospitals to expand hours when mammograms are offered and require insurance companies to eliminate deductibles and co-pays for the screening and some other diagnostic tests.” Newsday (NY) (6/13, Gormley) also covers the story.
Diagnostic Imaging (5/13) reported on breast density notification laws, which have been passed in more than half of US states. The article points out that “the ACR has provided some resources for physicians who would like to learn more about the breast density laws.” The group also has “some sample lay report letters for physicians’ use or adaptation.”
Samir Patel, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist, Radiology Inc. tells the South Bend Tribune, the likelihood of dying of breast cancer will be 70 percent less for women who begin screening annually at age 40 than if they follow the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines.
The FDA encourages mammography facilities, health care professionals, and patients to submit voluntary reports of medical device adverse events or product problems.