Breast cancer patients face financial burdens
July 23, 2018 -- A diagnosis of breast cancer may not cause the physical ruin it once did, thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment. But it can cause financial devastation, which can be just as damaging, according to a study published online July 23 in Cancer.  Discuss
Geographic factors affect mammography uptake
July 19, 2018 -- Use of mammography screening services in the Medicare population varies at the U.S. county level and is lowest in rural counties, according to a study published online July 17 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
SWE helps characterize suspicious breast masses
July 18, 2018 -- Adding shear-wave elastography (SWE) to ultrasound helps characterize suspicious breast masses, especially those in the BI-RADS 3 and BI-RADS 4 categories, according to research published online July 10 in Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.  Discuss
Breast cancer follow-up imaging varies widely
July 13, 2018 -- Follow-up imaging for women with nonmetastatic breast cancer varies widely across the U.S., with some women going without annual mammography postdiagnosis and others getting too much imaging via full-body scans, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.  Discuss
Women's menstrual phase may increase radiation risk
July 13, 2018 -- Hormonal changes caused by a woman's menstrual cycle may put them at higher risk of developing cancer from exposure to medical radiation, according to a letter published July 10 in Radiology. Providers may want to consider menstrual phase when deciding when to perform studies -- particularly nuclear medicine exams -- in younger women, the researchers recommended.  Discuss
Contrast ultrasound identifies early cervical cancer
July 13, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound appears to be an effective alternative to MRI for identifying early cervical cancer -- especially in women who have tumors small enough to make them candidates for surgery, according to a study published in the August issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Early breast cancer screening = less-extensive treatment
July 12, 2018 -- Regular breast cancer screening with mammography for younger women translates into a lower stage at breast cancer diagnosis and less-extensive treatment, according to a study published online July 9 in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.  Discuss
Mammography screening should consider radiation risk
July 11, 2018 -- A woman's risk of radiation-induced cancer from regular screening mammography should be taken into consideration when assessing the performance of breast cancer screening programs, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiography.  Discuss