Supplemental ultrasound screening for all U.S. women with dense breasts would substantially increase healthcare costs with little improvement in overall health, according to senior author Anna Tosteson, ScD, at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
In a study recently released in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Tosteson and colleagues, including lead author Brian Sprague, MD, provide evidence on the benefits and harms of adding ultrasound to breast cancer screening.
A new study suggests that radiologists are more attentive during interpretation with the presence of dense breast tissue regions. “If we wish to optimize viewing algorithms or design appropriate training strategies, the impact of breast density on radiologists’ behaviors needs to be better understood,” wrote Al Mousa and the research team.
Thirty percent of nearly 40,000 women who will die from breast cancer in the next year could have been helped if they had received regular mammograms starting at age 40. A public service campaign called Mammography Saves Lives is encouraging women to find an accredited mammography center near them for regular screenings. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 300,000 new cases of breast cancer will are diagnosed each year.
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Findings from a new study by the research team at UCLA indicates a need to educate patients on the amount of radiation they are exposed to during a single screening mammogram. Misinformation and misunderstanding about the risks associated with ionizing radiation creates a heightened concern and fear among patients, and may result in avoidance of screening that can detect early cancers.
A Joint Statement from the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging states that, “It is well known that mammography has reduced the breast cancer death rate in the United States by 30 percent since 1990 ─ hardly a small benefit.”
Mammography is the preferred examination for breast cancer, especially in women older than 40 years, the age group with the highest incidence. Some studies have shown that mammography may be particularly beneficial for women who are 80 years of age and older.
October is breast cancer awareness month, and there are several
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“When it’s caught in its earliest stages, breast cancer is 98 percent
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On Tuesday, the San Diego Chargers sponsored an event at Qualcomm Stadium
providing free mammograms for more than 90 uninsured women that exceeded all
expectations reaching full capacity within an hour.
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A study of 7,300 breast cancer patients showed that more than two-thirds of breast cancer deaths occurred in younger women with no history of mammography or with intervals of two years or more in between mammograms. Unscreened women accounted for 71% of breast cancer deaths, and the median age at diagnosis was 49, compared with 72 for women who died of other causes. According to Blake Cady, MD of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the findings support mammogram screening before age 50.
According to a recent study by the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., when mammography is combined with a new screening technology called Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), recall rates are reduced from 12 percent to 8.4 percent.
DBT is like conventional two-dimensional mammography in that it takes a picture of the breast tissue using radiation, but Tomosynthesis goes further to construct a three-dimensional image that can show layers or slices of the breast tissue.
Using Tomosynthesis, cancer detection was 5.7 per 1,000 women compared to 5.2 per 1,000 women who had digital mammography only. The only downside the researchers found was that DBT essentially doubled the radiation dose.