New study shows personalized mammograms show better results
Jul 6, 2011
According to a study by the Annals of Internal Medicine, current guidelines for mammograms which only make recommendations by age, should be adjusted.
The new information shows that mammography screening should be based on a number of factors - age, breast density, biopsy history and family history of breast cancer.
"What our study shows is that other factors, particularly breast density, are just as important, if not more so, in helping a woman decide what is most appropriate for her," said Dr. Cummings, from the San Francisco Coordinating Center at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, to Medscape News.
The findings in the study recommend that people be screened every two years. According to Medscape, there is little difference in results between women who got screened annually and biennially, but a big difference for women that only got screened every three years.
This breast cancer health news shows some positive results for personalized screening, but it appears that further research still needs to be done. The study is based upon all women getting a baseline mammogram at age 40 and without a family or biopsy history it would be difficult for some to determine when they should begin screening.