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Medical News & Perspectives
January 30, 2008

New Screening Methods Offer Hope for More Accurate Breast Cancer Detection

JAMA. 2008;299(4):397-398. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.2

Chicago—Screening for breast cancer with mammography saves lives, but researchers say new approaches offer the potential of more accuracy in identifying abnormalities.

While mammography as it is performed now reduces mortality, it does not detect all cancers. It also identifies some benign abnormalities as possibly cancerous, causing unnecessary stress for women needing further assessment and increasing costs for retesting and interpretation. At the Scientific Sessions of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) held here in November, investigators presented findings on improvements to current mammography techniques and data on new mammography modalities that may improve sensitivity and specificity.