November 5, 2019 --
The findings address a continued concern about breast cancer screening in younger women, presenter Dr. Maryam Etesami and colleagues noted.
"Appropriate starting age for mammogram screening has been a controversial subject in the recent years considering its potential harms and benefits," the group wrote.
Etesami's team assessed DBT's performance in women ages 40 to 54, reviewing 52,360 DBT exams performed between May 2012 and April 2018 and comparing the results among three cohorts of women: those ages 40 to 44, ages 45 to 49, and ages 50 to 54.
The group found the following:
The study findings suggest that using screening DBT in younger women is worth a higher recall rate, according to Etesami's group.
"The recall rate [of DBT] is higher in younger women, but recall rate of baseline mammograms is similar between three age groups," the team concluded. "Delaying screening may only shift higher recall rate of baseline mammograms to older women while losing the opportunity to detect aggressive cancers at early stage."