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Women not following through with recommended breast screening MRI
Date:1/31/2012

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And so major questions remain in the assessment of the value, feasibility and implementation of breast MRI screening.

According to Glueck and Brinton, the most fundamental and overarching of these questions is whether the benefits of MRI screening for women at high risk for breast cancer, in fact, outweigh its high monetary, medical and psychological costs.

"For this to be true, first MRI has to catch breast cancer sooner than traditional mammography, it has to catch cancers that would otherwise kill, it has to catch cancers for which early treatment is more effective than later treatment, and the medical and psychological negatives in the process of screening and follow-up care for example the potential for increased biopsies have to be lower than the medical positives," Glueck says.

Follow-up studies will chip away at these questions, including a planned study in which the researchers will see if informing high-risk women directly about the breast screening MRI recommendation will improve screening adherence.

But significant hurdles remain between the theory that shows survival benefit for breast screening MRI in high-risk women and its practice.


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Contact: Garth Sundem
garth.sundem@ucdenver.edu
University of Colorado Denver
Source:Eurekalert

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