New study doesn't provide evidence for age-based mammography cessation

New guidelines on breast cancer screening
New study doesn't provide evidence for age-based mammography cessation

02 December, 2016

The new guidelines say that screening may start at age 50 in low-risk/healthy women, can be done every-other year and that there is unclear evidence to suggest regular mammograms for women ages 75 or older.

The University of California San Francisco School of Medicine study pushes back against stopping the cancer screening at age 75 for women, saying it is really an individual decision.

Both breast cancer and mortality rates increase as women get older. Positive predictive value reflects the percentage of cancers found among exams for which biopsy was recommended or performed.

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For postmenopausal women at high risk of breast cancer with severe osteoporosis, but no history or increased risk of thromboembolic disease or endometrial cancer, tamoxifen should for offered, or raloxifene as an alternative to for women with a uterus. According to the US-based National Breast Cancer Foundation, the survival rate for breast cancer can be up to 100 percent when caught at an early stage. And "we have decreased the recall rate".

Trials have shown that anastrozole is more effective at preventing breast cancer than tamoxifen and has fewer side effects. "With the uncertainty and controversy about what age to stop breast cancer screening, we addressed this gap in knowledge and have collected enough data to make a conclusion". Studies presented at medical meetings are viewed as preliminary until they are published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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A recent study looking at almost 7 million mammograms from 39 states found nearly 4 breast cancers for every 1,000 patients that were screened. Those with a mother, sister or daughter who has had breast cancer should begin having mammograms 10 years prior to the age at which the relative was diagnosed, if possible. Based on increasing age, performance metrics demonstrate a gradual upward trend for cancer detection rate, PPV2 and PPV3, and downward trend in recall rate, until age 90.

"It's important for women to consult their doctor if they think they might be at high risk of breast cancer", added Smith.

Many people have loved ones who have been impacted by breast cancer, myself included.

"But when adequate awareness is created, women can have the courage to seek early treatment or detection to save their lives".

Professor Mark Baker, director of the centre for guidelines at NICE, said: "The evidence examined by the committee suggests anastrozole will not only reduce the number of breast cancer cases in these women compared with tamoxifen, but it is also a more cost-effective option".

Ms. Thibodeau Audette who resides in Aundeck Omni Kaning, attends a lot of events on Manitoulin promoting early screening for breast cancer.

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