Clean Sweep Live Auction on Wed. May 1st. Click to view the full inventory

DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Pediatrics
Current Location:
> This Story

Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment




Women's Health Homepage

Latest ACP mammo guidelines elicit strong opposition Experts say findings could lead to 10,000 more breast cancer deaths annually

Study supports 3D mammography for older women, contrary to USPTSF recommendation New data sheds light on risk-benefit ratio of screening older patients

Volpara and GE expand breast density software partnership GE will become global distributor of VolparaDensity software

FDA proposes changes to mammography regulations First agency efforts to 'modernize' breast screening in over two decades

Not all breast density laws are created equally Research shows that the wording of some notifications result in supplemental testing, others don't

3D mammography helps avoid unnecessary breast biopsies, says study 33 percent difference in biopsy rate compared to standard mammography

New study finds AI breast screening interpretations on par with those of radiologists Could relieve high labor intensity of screening programs

South Dakota passes breast density law Will require all women who undergo mammograms to be notified of their breast density status

FDA warns against thermography alone for breast cancer detection Not a substitute for mammography

Mammography reports nationwide to include patient breast density Federal law takes aim at ensuring breast density awareness

A new study says women under
40 should not seek mammograms
prior to undergoing breast reduction

Mammo prior to breast reduction surgery may do more harm than good

by John R. Fischer , Staff Reporter
Getting a mammogram before breast reduction surgery?

A new study says you may want to think twice about that, asserting that one third of women under 40 with no known risk for breast cancer undergo mammograms prior to elective surgeries such as breast reduction, costing them financially and putting them at risk of undergoing unnecessary follow-up exams.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

Servicing GE Nuclear Medicine equipment with OEM trained engineers

We offer full service contracts, PM contracts, rapid response, time and material,camera relocation. Nuclear medicine equipment service provider since 1975. Click or call now for more information 800 96 NUMED

"Altering screening mammography for patients younger than 40 years in the setting of evaluation for breast surgery has a risk for subsequent tests and invasive procedures," said study author Erika D. Sears, a Michigan Medicine plastic surgeon and an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Michigan, in a statement.

While a long-time practice for pre-surgical screening, no professional society recommends routine screening for women under 40. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, for instance, suggests that women undergoing elective breast surgery should not seek additional screening beyond existing guidelines, unless there is a concern based on their medical history or a physical finding.

Physicians, however, often suggest patients undergo the exam, a fact that Sears describes as a misguided habit.

Examining records from 2009 to 2015 for 52,486 women of all ages, she found that 30 percent of women between 30 and 39 undergo mammograms prior to breast reduction surgery, a rate five times higher than that of other women their age. About four percent, ages 29 and younger, also received screening prior to surgery, compared to 0.2 percent of the population of millennial women.

None of the women reported a breast cancer risk, and were determined by the study to only be seeking a mammogram due to their upcoming surgery. It should be noted, however, that the risk may exist but was not listed in their records.

Following their breast reduction procedure, 14 percent of the women in their 30s then underwent an MR, ultrasonography or biopsy. Of these women, only 0.5 percent were found to have cancer.

"I think that if there's more awareness among patients, they may be motivated to have a conversation with their doctor about whether screening mammography is right for them," said Sears. "It's also about education on the provider's part about the downstream impact of future testing that women may experience."

But breast imager Dr. Stamatia Destounis says that women may not be aware of their family history and that in a majority of cases where breast cancer is detected, patients do not have any family history of the disease. She asserts that a mammogram, as well as MR and ultrasound tests, can make all the difference there, especially for women with dense breast tissue, a condition that affects half the population of women and makes it difficult to detect signs of cancer during physicals.
  Pages: 1 - 2 >>

Women's Health Homepage

You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2019 DOTmed.com, Inc.