Mammography Screening May Detect More Cases Of High-Grade DCIS As Women Age

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Aunt Minnie (10/27, Yee) reports, “Mammography screening detects more cases of high-grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) as women age,” according to a study including “733,905 women between the ages of 50 and 69.” The findings, published online Oct. 27 in Radiology, “suggest that more research is needed on the effectiveness of standard DCIS treatment in women older than 60.”

ACS Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Unlikely To Impact Coverage Of Screening For Breast Cancer, Experts Say

Monday, October 26, 2015
Kaiser Health News (10/24, Andrews) reported that “the American Cancer Society’s new breast cancer screening guidelines, recommend[ing] that women start screening later and get fewer mammograms...is unlikely to affect insurance coverage anytime soon.” These “guidelines on their own likely won’t change insurer and employer decisions regarding coverage of screening for breast cancer, experts agree.”

Women With Early Breast Cancer May Have Similar Disease Control And Survival With APBI Or WBI

Friday, October 23, 2015
MedPage Today (10/23, Bankhead) reports that research indicated that “women with early breast cancer had similar disease control and survival with accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) or whole-breast irradiation (WBI).” Investigators found that women “who received multicatheter brachytherapy APBI after lumpectomy had a 5-year local recurrence rate of 1.4% compared with 0.9% for women who had WBI.” The data indicated that “the 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival were similar between treatment groups.” The findings were presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting and published in The Lancet. 

Editorial: New Guidelines For Breast Cancer Screenings Can Confuse Women

Friday, October 23, 2015
In an editorial, the Tampa Bay (FL) Times (10/23) writes “women are confused” over the American Cancer Society’s “new guidelines on the timing of initial mammograms and the frequency of recurring breast exams.”

The Greenfield (MA) Recorder (10/23) editorializes, “We’re not surprised,...that the American Cancer Society announcement of new guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association would raise concerns while trying to put women at ease.” 

New ACS Mammogram Guidelines May Face Resistance Within The Medical Community

Thursday, October 22, 2015
In the New York Times (10/22, Carroll, Subscription Publication) “The Upshot,” Aaron E. Carroll discusses whether the new American Cancer Society mammogram guidelines will lead to fewer mammograms. Carroll writes that “it is very hard to get doctors to do less.”