Breast screening techniques questioned

Screening techniques used by radiologists to detect breast cancer have come under discussion.

A recent study, published in the journal Radiology, found that radiologists could improve their technique for screening by interpreting more mammograms.

Indeed, those that did this and also spent more time reading diagnostic mammograms tended to be better at determining which suspicious breast lesions were cancer.

Study leader Diana Buist, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, commented: "We found that radiologists who interpreted more mammograms a year had clinically and statistically significantly fewer false-positive findings - without missing more cancers."

She explained that false-positive results can cause women undue anxiety as they are forced to undergo further testing, possibly at further cost when it turns out that there is not breast cancer present.

The lifetime risk for women in the UK to be diagnosed with cancer is around one in eight, making it the most common form of the disease in the country, according to Cancer Research.


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