Mammogram may not detect tumors when women are in their 40s
Scientists are reporting in a new study that mammography is not an effective screening tool for women in their 40s because a tumor and the patient's tissue appear to be the same color.
Stanford University researchers reporting in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute said while the screening technique works best for women older than 50, the denser tissue of younger women tends to obscure tumors.
For years, doctors have known that tumors and dense tissue tend to appear white on a mammogram. In women who have undergone menopause, breast tissue often appears gray on a mammogram, so the sharp color contrast of the tumor is not as difficult to miss.
- The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay
- Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence
- Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers
- Yale New Haven Health Partners with Tenet Healthcare in CT
- Care Coordination Tough to Define, Measure
- Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse
- 4 Reasons PCMH Principles Aren't Going Away
- CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals
- Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion
- SCOTUS Review of NC Board Case 'A Very Big Deal' to Providers