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Study finds biennial mammograms just fine for older women
February 5, 2013 -- Screening mammography every two years for women ages 66 to 89 is just as beneficial as annual screening exams, regardless of whether the women have comorbidities. What's more, less frequent screening reduces false-positive rates by 19 percentage points, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Lumpectomy with RT tops mastectomy for early-stage cancer
January 28, 2013 -- Women with early-stage breast cancer sometimes opt for mastectomy rather than less radical surgery out of concern about cancer recurrence. But recurrence risk was lower for women who chose lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy (RT) compared with those who received mastectomies, according to a study published online on Monday in Cancer.
Could a new breast MR protocol replace screening mammo?
January 25, 2013 -- Using a streamlined breast MR protocol for women with dense tissue takes less time and finds more early cancers than mammography -- potentially replacing it as a screening modality, according to research presented at the RSNA 2012 meeting.
Bras aid positioning for large-breasted women during RT
January 25, 2013 -- Large-breasted women pose a challenge when radiation therapy (RT) for early-stage breast cancer is being planned and performed. Using a bra or bustier improves simulation and positioning in the supine position, according to an article published in the January issue of Practical Radiation Oncology.
DBT could replace mammo for evaluating noncalcified lesions
January 24, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) could replace conventional diagnostic mammography for further workup of noncalcified lesions found on screening mammography, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ACS: Risk of death from smoking spikes among women
January 23, 2013 -- Women's smoking habits have grown increasingly to resemble those of men, and as a result, today's women face a dramatically higher risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease compared with female smokers 20 to 40 years ago, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
DBT bests mammo for working up suspicious lesions
January 16, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is more accurate than mammography for working up suspicious findings on screening exams, which could translate into fewer recalls and unnecessary biopsies, researchers from Pittsburgh report in the January issue of Radiology.
MRI tumor features help predict breast cancer recurrence
January 16, 2013 -- Certain tumor features as seen on contrast-enhanced breast MRI may be predictive of breast cancer recurrence, potentially helping clinicians assess prognosis and determine the most appropriate treatment, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania.
Serial compression US can exclude DVT in pregnant women
January 14, 2013 -- Serial compression ultrasound and Doppler imaging can reliably and safely exclude deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnant women who are suspected of having the condition, according to research published online on Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
1-view tomo more sensitive than 2-view digital mammo
January 11, 2013 -- Among patients with abnormal mammograms, one-view digital breast tomosynthesis showed better sensitivity and negative predictive value than full-field digital mammography for those with fatty and dense breasts, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Screening is best reserved for those expected to live longer
January 10, 2013 -- Patients signing up for breast or colon cancer screening should have a minimum remaining life expectancy of at least 10 years to boost the chances of benefiting from the exams and overcoming their inherent risks, say researchers from the University of California, San Francisco in an article in BMJ.
Study shows DBT plus mammo finds 40% more invasive cancers
January 9, 2013 -- In one of the first large-scale studies of its kind, Norwegian researchers have found that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in combination with conventional digital mammography detects 40% more invasive cancers and decreases false-positive rates by 15%.
New technologies drive Medicare breast screening costs higher
January 7, 2013 -- Medicare costs for breast screening are being driven higher by new technologies such as digital mammography and computer-aided detection, which are being adopted in spite of limited data on their effectiveness, according to a study published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
MRI can detect breast cancer in average-risk women
January 2, 2013 -- A study by German researchers shows MRI screening can help detect breast cancer in women who are only at average risk of developing the disease and have no personal or family history of breast cancer.
Rad therapy doesn't help survival for stage I endometrial cancer
December 31, 2012 -- A Cochrane update evaluating radiation therapy for stage I endometrial cancer patients has again concluded that the treatment doesn't affect survival outcomes. But its findings, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, sparked some controversy.
NIH study: Cancer screening rates fall over decade
December 28, 2012 -- Cancer survivors on the lookout for secondary tumors maintained their traditionally high screening rates, but screening compliance by almost everyone else has declined over the past decade, according to a report published online December 27 in Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.
Tomo plus FFDM reduces recall rates by more than a third
December 28, 2012 -- Adding tomosynthesis to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) can reduce recall rates in a routine screening population by more than a third -- in addition to finding more cancers, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2012 meeting.
Contrast-enhanced FFDM may have edge over breast MRI
December 17, 2012 -- Dual-energy contrast-enhanced full-field digital mammography (FFDM) finds additional cancers in the breast with better specificity than MRI, according to a new study published online in Radiology. The findings suggest that contrast mammography could be a feasible alternative to more expensive breast MRI scans.
Mammography's alleged harms: Separating fact from fiction
December 13, 2012 -- Screening mammography is a tool that has been proved to reduce breast cancer death rates, but its effectiveness continues to be disputed by researchers, some of whom have resorted to guesswork to buttress their arguments, according to an opinion piece by mammography experts Dr. László Tabár and Dr. Peter B. Dean.
Increased CT use may boost breast cancer risk
December 5, 2012 -- Increased use of CT may boost breast cancer risk in certain women, such as younger patients and those who receive repeat exams, according to research presented at the RSNA 2012 meeting. Nuclear medicine exams may also raise the risk of breast cancer.
USPSTF guidelines sparked decrease in screening mammo rates
December 4, 2012 -- Screening mammography guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2009 led to a decline in breast screening, which, in the future, may lead to missed cancers, according to research presented last week at the RSNA 2012 meeting.
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