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Mammogram or MRI?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


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Mammogram or MRI? - Tuesday, October 10, 2006Breast cancer affects the lives of millions of Americans. Over the course of her lifetime, a woman runs a greater than 1 in 9 risk of developing breast cancer. Nearly everyone has a family member, friend, or loved one that has been affected by this disease. Breast cancer accounts for 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in U.S. women. Recent attention has focused on the possible role of MRI in screening for this condition. In a study last year in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, MRI outperformed mammography in detecting early breast tumors in women with a genetic mutation predisposing to breast cancer. It can be helpful also in evaluating lumps in portions of the breast difficult to see by mammography, and MRI may also be used by a doctor to assess tumor spread. But mammography remains the mainstay for screening most women for breast cancer. It has been well-studied, and it has been proven that it finds cancers before they can be diagnosed by other means. Remember also that when breast cancer is detected before it has spread, the 5 year survival rate is 98%.

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