DALLAS - December 1, 2009 - Younger women at higher risk of breast cancer and their health care providers should continue to consider mammography when assessing the best methods to screen for breast cancer, despite early study results released this week that question the safety of that technology, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® said today.
Researchers presented preliminary data at a radiology conference Monday that young women who have a high risk of breast cancer may increase that risk with the radiation from yearly screening mammograms. But the same researchers caution the issue needs more study.
We agree. The new report reviews old data from both the U.S. and Europe, making it very difficult to provide accurate assessments about the consistency of mammography technology between all countries involved as well as the ages of the machines in question.
This week’s report, as did last week’s new screening recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Task Force, illustrates the need for better screening technologies for all women, but especially those younger women at higher risk for developing breast cancer. Find out more information on emerging areas of study.
We continue to urge young women at higher risk of breast cancer to discuss screening options with their health care providers.Learn more information on current screening recommendations for women at higher risk.