Study of 5M women shows when to start breast screening
November 14, 2019 -- A study of more than 5 million Swedish women released on 14 November in JAMA Oncology provides tangible guidance on when screening should begin for those with a family history of breast cancer. It suggests screening may need to start up to 14 years earlier than national guidelines recommend.  Discuss
German study finds mortality drop after breast screening
November 14, 2019 -- In a large cohort, German researchers observed a reduction in late-stage breast cancer incidence and mortality in women screened for breast cancer, which is most likely due to screening. Also, they noticed overdiagnosis was moderate.  Discuss
Flemish breast screening program needs improvement
November 1, 2019 -- Belgian researchers have found that the Flemish breast cancer screening program's attendance rate could use some improvement, although key performance indicators do hit European Union benchmark targets, according to a study published on 28 October in BMC Cancer.  Discuss
French breast screening: Too much or 20 years ahead?
October 28, 2019 -- France's breast cancer screening strategy is at a crossroads, with urgent decisions pending about the use of digital breast tomosynthesis and digital second reading of exams. Recent deviation from European norms in quality control, however, could affect patient safety, according to leading educator Dr. Luc Ceugnart.  Discuss
MR-HIFU is safe, effective for uterine fibroids
October 25, 2019 -- Dutch researchers have found that MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) is a safe therapy for treating uterine fibroids, with a reintervention rate comparable to that of uterine artery embolization. Study results were published on 15 October in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Review of England screening programs seeks broad change
October 17, 2019 -- An independent review of adult screening programs in England -- including the country's breast cancer program -- has called for sweeping reform, including a new governance model and the replacement of outdated IT systems and imaging equipment.  Discuss
U.K. group finds value in third-trimester ultrasound
October 16, 2019 -- U.K. researchers have found that ultrasound scans performed late in pregnancy -- such as at 35 to 37 weeks of gestation -- can reveal a number of fetal abnormalities that may not have been evident on ultrasound scans conducted earlier, according to a study published on 8 October in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology.  Discuss
Conebeam CT more comfortable than mammography
September 27, 2019 -- The majority of women find conebeam CT (CBCT) a more comfortable option for breast cancer screening than mammography, largely because CBCT does not involve compression, according to a study published online on 16 September in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
What's the best minimum age for breast biopsies?
September 24, 2019 -- For a woman with a breast lump, biopsy is usually undertaken in those over the age of 25. However, the limit could probably be extended to 35 years without having a substantial effect on diagnostic accuracy, if certain criteria were adopted, according to an experienced clinical radiologist from the U.K.  Discuss
35% of women in early 60s undergo full cancer screening
September 18, 2019 -- New research has shown that only about a third of women in England in their early 60s are up to date with all evidence-based screening services for breast, cervical, and bowel cancers offered by the National Health Service. The findings were posted online on 16 September by the Journal of Medical Screening.  Discuss