Factors affecting the precision of lesion sizing with contrast-enhanced spectral mammography
To evaluate the precision of the pre-surgical measurement of the size of breast cancer by contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM).
Breast cancer survivors aren't getting regular follow-up mammograms, according...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Twitter hashtag war erupts over breast screening ASBrS: Regular mammo screening = less-invasive treatment ACR, SBI: Some black women need earlier breast screening Less isn't always more with breast screening recall rate Race matters for breast cancer screening protocols
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Reviews on Cancer, Volume 1869, Issue 2 Author(s): S. O'Grady, M.P. Morgan The implementation of mammographic screening programmes in many countries has been linked to a marked increase in early detection and improved prognosis for breast cancer patients. Breast tumours can be detected by assessing several features in mammographic images but one of the most common are the presence of small deposits of calcium known as microcalcifications, which in many cases may be the only detectable sign of a breast tumour. In addition to their efficacy in the det...
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Publication date: May 2018 Source:Academic Radiology, Volume 25, Issue 5 Author(s): Randy C. Miles, Tracy Onega, Christoph I. Lee With the advent of new screening technologies, including digital breast tomosynthesis, screening ultrasound, and breast magnetic resonance imaging, there is growing concern that existing disparities among traditionally underserved populations will worsen. These newer screening modalities purport improved cancer detection over mammography alone but are not offered at all screening facilities and often require a larger co-pay or out-of-pocket expense. Thus, the potential for worsening disparities...
CONCLUSION: Expression of VEGF, COX-2, and MMP-9 is highly correlated to the mammaographic appearance of spiculation, vascular abnormalities, and lymph node metastasis. However, the present results suggest that expression of VEGF, COX-2, and MMP-9 is either not or weakly correlated to mammographic appereance of calcification. PMID: 29767863 [PubMed - in process]
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Many women have slight differences in the size or shape of their breasts. Breast asymmetry is usually not a cause for concern, though substantial asymmetry in the size or density of breasts may suggest an increased risk of breast cancer. A mammogram can look for abnormalities and diagnose the cause of breast asymmetry.
(American Chemical Society) For women, mammograms are a sometimes uncomfortable, but necessary, annual ritual. But this procedure doesn't always provide accurate results, and it exposes women to X-rays. In a study appearing in ACS' journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, scientists report that they have developed a non-invasive 'disease screening pill' that can make cancerous tumors light up when exposed to near-infrared light in mice without using radiation.
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Preventive Medicine, Volume 112 Author(s): Julia Abelson, Laura Tripp, Melissa C. Brouwers, Gregory Pond, Jonathan Sussman Evolving scientific evidence about mammography has raised new questions about the net benefits of organized screening, yet gaps remain about women's current screening practices, knowledge, attitudes and values toward screening to support informed decision making in this area. We addressed this gap through an online survey of 2000 screen-eligible women from Ontario, Canada in January 2016. Likert-scaled and categorical questions were used to collect information about ...
Conclusions: Even in an insured cohort, a substantial proportion of breast cancer survivors do not undergo annual surveillance breast imaging, particularly as time passes. Understanding factors associated with imaging in cancer survivors may help improve adherence to survivorship care guidelines. PMID: 29752327 [PubMed - in process]