Biannual MRI Better Than Annual Mammogram at Detecting Breast Cancer in High-risk Women, Study Finds

Biannual MRI Better Than Annual Mammogram at Detecting Breast Cancer in High-risk Women, Study Finds
For young women with high genetic risk for breast cancer, intensive surveillance and examination by dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) every six months is more effective for timely detection of early breast cancer lesions than annual mammogram, a new study finds. "This study demonstrates, for the first time, that aggressive breast cancers can be caught early, without excessive recalls or biopsies," Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, professor of medicine and human genetics and director of the University of Chicago's Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics, said in a press release. "Because of intensive surveillance and high quality care the majority of high-risk women in this study — most of whom had highly penetrant genetic mutations — have not developed breast cancer." The findings were recently presented during the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, in the poster, “Breast cancer surveillance in high-risk women with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging every 6 months: Results from a single institution study.” The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine and the University of Washington. The American Cancer Society recommends that high-risk women – those wi
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