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X-ray Mammography Aids in Breast Cancer Detection

s soon as possible.

Whenever you increase the cancer detection rate you have to expect some additional false positives. But for women at high risk of cancer, the benefit of finding more cancers earlier may outweigh the harms of unnecessary testing.

Carol Lee, M.D., chair of the Commission on Breast Imaging at the American College of Radiology, reviewed Bruenings results and said the organization also endorses the American Cancer Society's recommendation that screening MRI be performed on women at very high risk for breast cancer, including those with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations.

This screening should be in addition to, not in place of regular mammography, Lee said. Although it has not yet been shown that mortality from breast cancer is reduced by the addition of MRI to mammography for screening the high risk population, a growing body of evidence [like this study] demonstrates that MRI can detect cancers in these women that are not detected by mammography or physical examination.

Also, there are some cancers that are visible on mammography and not on MRI, so mammography should not be abandoned.


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