BMJ: Dutch data show breast cancer screening works October 13, 2015 -- The Dutch example of breast cancer screening works, and mammography screening is a clear way of detecting cancer early, along with increased breast cancer awareness, according to the authors of a new study published in BMJ.
Women say mammograms are crucial -- but don't get them October 8, 2015 -- Although more than three-quarters of women strongly agree that getting regular mammography screening is important, just over half actually follow through, according to a study published in the September Journal of Women's Health. The study highlights a need for mammography awareness beyond just painting things pink.
Breast density law leads to higher ultrasound costs in NJ October 1, 2015 -- The number and cost of breast ultrasound exams more than doubled in New Jersey after the state enacted a breast density notification law in 2014, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Novel breast MRI technique could reduce biopsy rate September 30, 2015 -- A shorter noncontrast-enhanced breast MRI protocol might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies by gathering additional information about suspicious lesions found on screening mammography while cutting scanning times, according to a new study published online September 29 in Radiology.
Study raises new doubts about value of breast CAD September 28, 2015 -- Radiologists who used computer-aided detection (CAD) software to read screening mammography exams had no better accuracy than those who didn't, according to a new study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings are the latest to cast doubt on the value of breast CAD.
ASCO BCS: Breast MRI useful for average-risk women, too September 25, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Breast MRI is used as an adjunct to mammography for screening women at high risk of breast cancer, but could it be used in average-risk women as well to find cancer earlier? The answer is a resounding yes, according to research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual Breast Cancer Symposium (ASCO BCS).
Does preoperative breast MRI really benefit patients? September 24, 2015 -- Breast MRI is a sensitive modality that finds cancers mammography or ultrasound can miss. But when it's used preoperatively in women who have already been diagnosed, it may cause more trouble than it's worth -- such as longer wait times for surgery and unnecessary mastectomies, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.
Does 'personalized screening' = healthcare rationing? September 16, 2015 -- As debate swirls around screening mammography, the term "personalized screening" has surfaced to describe what proponents say is screening tailored to a woman's particular risk. But in reality personalized screening equates to healthcare rationing, according to a new opinion piece in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast cancer on rise in low-income countries September 10, 2015 -- Low- and middle-income countries are seeing a rise in breast cancer incidence and death rates, despite the fact that death rates have decreased in higher-income countries, where incidence rates have increased or stabilized, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
JAMA opinion: Unethical to pay women for mammograms September 10, 2015 -- The practice of paying women to undergo mammography is unethical, according to an opinion piece published in the September 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.