CDC: Breast cancer death rate declines, but not equally
October 14, 2016 -- Fewer women in the U.S. are dying from breast cancer, but there is a disparity in death rates between black and white women, according to a report released October 14 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report credits better education about breast screening and treatment among the reasons for the decline.
PET/MRI detects distant metastasis of breast cancer
October 14, 2016 -- Breast cancer patients often face the additional risk of distant metastases, and the best way to find the presence of those abnormalities in the liver and bone is with PET/MRI, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.
Breast cancer care in Afghanistan presents challenges
October 14, 2016 -- Offering breast cancer care in a war zone requires a particular creativity, especially when resources -- including basic imaging -- are limited. In a research letter published online October 2 in the Breast Journal, surgeons at a military hospital near Kabul, Afghanistan, described their experience providing Afghan women with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
NEJM: Treatment, not screening, cuts breast cancer deaths
October 12, 2016 -- In yet another salvo in the ongoing battle over screening mammography, research published in the October 13 New England Journal of Medicine claims that the reduction in breast cancer mortality after the advent of screening mammography is primarily a result of improved systemic therapy, not earlier detection.
Kopans: New NEJM paper offers rehash on 'overdiagnosis'
October 12, 2016 -- In this Second Opinion article, Dr. Daniel Kopans of Massachusetts General Hospital comments on a paper on breast screening by Welch et al published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Welch paper is based on false assumptions and makes the same mistakes as a 2012 paper on the same topic, according to Kopans.
Contrast US boosts diagnostic power of breast ultrasound
October 6, 2016 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be an effective method for the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions, offering improvements in diagnostic accuracy over conventional breast ultrasound, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
DBT improves lesion categorization in diagnostic setting
October 5, 2016 -- Studies have shown that using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates and increases the detection of invasive cancers. But it also offers benefits in the diagnostic setting, such as helping breast imagers categorize lesions more accurately, according to a new study published in the October issue of Radiology.
Coalition: Payment for yearly breast screening threatened
October 3, 2016 -- A coalition of patient groups and breast cancer experts are appealing to the U.S. Congress to protect a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to cover annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older.
ASTRO: PET predicts outcomes in vulvar cancer patients
September 30, 2016 -- PET scans performed three months after chemoradiation treatment for vulvar cancer can be valuable for predicting overall likelihood of survival as well as the risk of local and distant disease recurrence, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
Tweets reveal women's perspectives on mammography
September 29, 2016 -- What aspect of mammography stands out most to women who undergo the procedure? A review of the social media platform Twitter produced some revealing insights, according to a new study published online September 19 in Academic Radiology.
Special Feature
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same

On January 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its final recommendations for screening mammography -- and the guidelines offer nothing new when compared to both the USPSTF's April draft recommendations and its 2009 version. Read more

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