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Detecting, Diagnosing Breast Cancers
Date:4/14/2008

p>"MRI is currently the best modality enabling us to visualize not only cancer in the breast but the effect it has on the surrounding anatomy, especially regarding vascular supply and lymphatic drainage," lead author Dr. Ahuva Grubstein of the Rabin Medical Center said in a prepared statement.

"Our findings support existing differences between medial and lateral breast tumors regarding metastatic spread and survival. These differences may indicate a need for differential treatment modalities according to location," Grubstein added.

Screening for the elderly

With guidelines for mammography screening in the elderly in some flux, a study of 24 patients -- aged 70 to 89 -- found frequent mammograms can still aid in early breast cancer detection.

"During our study, we found that five patients never had a prior mammogram. Their breast cancer was detected on a baseline study. These five patients included three cases of infiltrating ductal carcinoma," lead author Dr. Jason Salsamendi of the Jacobi Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., said in a prepared statement. "Perhaps with more frequent mammographic screening, more breast cancers can be found earlier, at a noninvasive stage. This would result in a less extensive surgical procedure and improve prognosis. Our results encourage clinicians to continue to order screening mammography in elderly patients at yearly intervals."

According to the study, 19 of the 24 cases of breast malignancy were initially identified on screening mammography. The study also showed that the average time interval from most recent prior mammogram to diagnosis was 2.6 years.

More information

The National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever

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