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Women With Breast Cancer History Should Consider MRI: Study
Date:11/29/2010

an Cancer Society. While the society recommends neither for nor against MRI imaging for those with a personal history of breast cancer, he said it regularly reviews study findings to determine if the guidelines need updating.

"There are some tumors that don't show up on mammography as well as they do on MRI," he explained. MRI highlights angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, especially those that feed cancerous tissues.

Until more research is in, what should a woman with a personal history of breast cancer do?

"She should talk to her doctor," Smith said. He doesn't see a downside to getting an MRI, except perhaps an increased risk of false positives and perhaps a need to pay out of pocket.

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To learn more about breast cancer screening, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Wendy DeMartini, M.D., assistant professor, breast imaging, University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle; Robert Smith, M.D., American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Ga.; Nov. 28, 2010, presentation, Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, Nov. 28, 2010, Chicago


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