Navigation Links
Personal Reminders Seem to Boost Mammography Rates
Date:9/3/2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reminder letters signed by family doctors improve the chances that women who are overdue for mammography will return for the breast cancer screening, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at nearly 5,400 women, ages 52 to 74, in British Columbia, Canada, who had normal results on a prior screening mammography and were overdue for another screening by 30 to 48 months.

The women were sent either standard postcard reminders or postcard reminders along with a letter signed by their family doctor. Within six months, 33 percent of women who received the postcard/signed letter had returned for screening, compared to 22 percent of women who received the postcard only.

The study also found that women who had more than one prior screening mammography were 2.2 times more likely to return for screening than those who had just one previous screening.

Women who were less overdue for screening (30 to 36 months) were 2.4 times more likely to return for screening than those who were more overdue (42 to 48 months), according to the study. The findings are scheduled for presentation Thursday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's breast cancer symposium in San Francisco.

"For screening mammography to be effective, women have to come for their screening appointments at the recommended intervals," lead author Dr. Elisa Chan said in a society news release.

"This study shows that for women who are overdue, even though we've sent them reminder postcards, a very simple intervention from their family physician can make a big difference in improving the overall screening mammography return rate," said Chan, who conducted the study while at the B.C. Cancer Agency in western Canada. She is now a radiation oncologist at Saint John Regional Hospital in New Brunswick and an assistant professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Doctor-signed reminder letters may be effective because women typically have a trusting and long-term relationship with their family doctor, said Chan, who noted this approach takes less time and resources than other methods such as telephone reminders.

Efforts to boost breast cancer screening detection rates often focus on advances in imaging technology, noted Dr. Julie White, one of the symposium planners. "In contrast, this study highlights how detection by screening may be improved by simply using a reminder to women with a more personal touch," she said in the news release.

Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer screening.

SOURCE: American Society of Clinical Oncology, news release, Sept. 2, 2014

--


'/>"/>
Copyright©2014 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Could Your Personality Be Reflected in Your Pooch?
2. Personalized Blood Pressure Therapy May Help Diabetics
3. Personalizing biologic treatment to individual patients with rheuatoid arthritis is cost-effective
4. Business Travel Harmful to Health: Medical & Personal Fitness Experts Announce "Exercise is Solution to Many Travel Ailments"
5. USA Payday Forever Forecasts Delay Of Personal Finance Help Documents For Their Website
6. Interactive personal health records increase clinical preventive services
7. Chemicals in personal care products may increase risk of diabetes in women
8. A new genre of diagnostic tests for the era of personalized medicine
9. Personality and social psychology at the 2012 APA Convention
10. University of Pennsylvania and Novartis form alliance to expand use of personalized T cell cancer therapy
11. New method may allow personalized clinical trial for cancer therapies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Personal Reminders Seem to Boost Mammography Rates
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader in ... awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The ... enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner across ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and ... apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans ... frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics ... PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s ... of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... HMP , a ... of a 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare Website.’ Winners ... October 11, 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial and design excellence across ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... the nation's first interactive health literacy software tool, and the Cancer Patient Education ... of cancer patient education, today announce a new strategic alliance. , As ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza ... Care is helping communities across Massachusetts , ... no-cost* flu shots through the end of the month. *Some ... ... flu shot is by the end of October, according to the Centers ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... the third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, ... that day with the investment community and media to ... conference call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. ... live webcast of the conference call through a link ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound mobile app ... struggle to reverse the tide of prescription drug addiction. The ... their medicine intake and stepping down their dosage in a ... launch in December 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign ... at http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: