November 24, 1975

Medical News

JAMA. 1975;234(8):797-805. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260210005001

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Mammography finds new use— assessing risk of breast cancer  Mammography can be used for more than early detection of breast cancer; the technique can also predict which women are likely to develop the disease.That is the contention of John N. Wolfe, MD, chief of radiology at Hutzel Hospital, Detroit, and clinical professor of radiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He bases his assertion on the results of two retrospective studies presented at the recent Atlanta meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society.Dr Wolfe groups breasts into four mammographic categories, according to the relative amount of fat, epithelial and connective tissue densities, and the presence or absence of prominent ducts. Each of the four categories is associated with a different degree of risk of eventual breast cancer. With one exception, these categories ordinarily do not change during a woman's lifetime, and for this reason Dr Wolfe