BREAST SCREENING - Across the UK women aged 50 to 70 are invited for breast screening (mammography) every three years. There’s been a lot in the news recently about the screening programme and a review has taken place to make the facts clearer. Here is what you need to know about breast screening.
Thousands of doctors and hundreds of organizations and government agencies tout its necessity as part of Breast Cancer preventative care. As a result, an estimated 75 percent of American women get mammograms regularly. But are mammograms the best...
Rye Radiology has been performing screening breast ultrasounds for women with dense breasts for decades. Check out this article on NewYork Times to see how dense breasts can obscure mammogram results. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/dense-breasts-may-obscure-mammogram-results/?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw
Patients deserve the reality: overall health screening can do a lot more harm than excellent | Margaret McCartney - http://www.healtherpeople.com/patients-deserve-the-reality-overall-health-screening-can-do-a-lot-more-harm-than-excellent-margaret-mccartney.html
WHY IS BREAST DENSITY IMPORTANT? The denser a woman’s breasts, the less effective a mammogram is going to be at detecting abnormalities Women with dense breasts have a 4-6 fold increased risk of developing breast cancer. Thermographic results are independent of breast density
#Therapy #NHS Combined HRT nearly triples risk of breast cancer, study finds Women who rely on the most commonly used form of hormone replacement therapy are roughly three times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who do not use it, according to a study whose results suggest the risk of illness has been previously ... https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/23/combined-hrt-increases-breast-cancer-risk-nearly-300
Scandal - 2 patients die from breast cancer & 10 more diagnosed after technician gave negative results to 1,289 patients as she was 'behind in work'. Rachel Rapraeger had personal issues & she became backlogged. To catch up, entered 1,200+ mammogram results as negative without doctor's review. 10 patients had breast cancer & weren't informed. 2 have died. Copped to plea deal & will serve 6 months in prison, 10 years of probation, $12,500 fine & not work in health field for decade.
Breast cancer study finds using Herceptin in combination with another drug can shrink tumours in less than two weeks. The findings could potentially lead to fewer women needing chemotherapy, researchers say. The Guardian
1 in 3 women are wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer: study
NBCNews.com reports that the American Cancer Society's top physician believes mammograms produce imperfect results causing doctors to over-diagnose breast cancer. A new study also shows that more advanced cancers were not deteced by mammograms.
Routine tests for various conditions can often result in false-positives, raising questions about when screening is really necessary, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports. The risk of false-positive mammogram results, for example, is 61%. What do you think about this?
Mammogram Wars - "A woman needs to recognize that there is a definite but modest benefit in terms of avoiding breast cancer mortality, but this needs to be balanced against the real risks of extra biopsies, over diagnosis, and worry."
"Mammograms may be missing some breast cancers, study shows", "Additional screening techniques can detect more cases of breast cancer in some women,", Press Association; Wednesday 9 March 2016 - "“These results mean that tomosynthesis detected an additional four breast cancers per 1,000 women screened and ultrasound detected an additional seven breast cancers per 1,000.”"