It can be challenging to find a brief, current review on cutting edge topics. Here we provide "white papers," which are brief overviews on current topics written by Society members who are experts in these areas. The topics of the white papers will vary over time depending upon what is new, evolving, or of current interest. All papers have undergone review by the SBI Scientific Advisory Committee and approved by the SBI Board of Directors. We hope that you will find these helpful.
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Author: Janice S. Sung, MD, FSBI
Mammography is the primary imaging modality used for breast cancer screening, as it is cost effective, widely available, and the only imaging modality validated by multiple randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses to reduce breast cancer mortality. The mortality reduction achieved by mammographic screening averages 30% in randomized trials, and approaches and even exceeds 40% in observational and case control studies of women actually screened (1-5). Early detection through breast cancer screening also results in less invasive and aggressive therapy (6).