UK Breast Screening Linked to Statistically Significant Reduction in Breast Cancer Mortality Between 1991 and 2005, Research Indicates

Friday, February 3, 2017

Medscape (2/1, Mulcahy) reports that researchers found that “there was a ‘substantial,’ statistically significant reduction in breast cancer mortality between 1991 and 2005 associated with the” UK National Health Service Breast Screening Programme. Investigators found that an “invitation to be screened, when compared with not being invited, was” linked to “a reduction in breast cancer mortality in 1991 to 2005 of 21%...after adjustment for three major variables (age, socioeconomic status, and lead-time).” Medscape points out that the program “is one of the largest in the world and has invited women aged 50 to 64 years to be screened every 3 years.” The findings were published in the British Journal of Cancer. 

Should I get a tomosynthesis instead of just a mammogram?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, has been shown by many research studies to improve the results of mammography when compared to usual 2D digital mammography. If a woman chooses to have mammography, she should have the best possible outcome and that means 3D instead of 2D in almost all cases. 

Breast Cancer Screening Disparities Exist Across Racial Groups in the US, Research Indicates

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Diagnostic Imaging (12/16) reported that research suggests “the availability of screening mammography varies considerably among racial groups, particularly for women who are black or Hispanic.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Lectures on Breast Cancer Screening May Improve Knowledge, Reduce Anxiety in Women, Research Suggests

Monday, December 12, 2016
Diagnostic Imaging (12/8) reports on a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology finding that “public lectures about breast cancer screening decrease anxiety and improve knowledge in women.” The study included 117 women, average age 45, who sat for “one-hour sessions of structured lectures and question-and-answer periods,” with “anonymous pre- and post-session questionnaires.” The women “reported decreased anxiety and improved knowledge” and demonstrated that knowledge by their ability to answer certain questions correctly. 

Study Finds “One in Six” Breast Cancer Patients “Have Symptoms Other than Lumps”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

NBC Nightly News (11/29, story 8, 2:00, Holt) reported on a study finding that among breast cancer patients, “one in six patients have symptoms other than lumps which can be more difficult to identify.” NBC (Dahlgren) described the case of Beth Laflor, a nurse who works as a lactation consultant, who noticed “changes to the shape of her breast” but received a negative mammogram. She sought a second opinion and “more imaging showed stage three breast cancer, beneath dense breast tissue.” Women are advised to be aware of “changes to the nipple, armpit, any pain, and changes to the skin or shape.” 


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