BreastScreen VIC trial results - 3D mammos have significantly higher cancer detection rate than 2D
Published online today in The Medical Journal of Australia:
While the study discussion reverts to the usual issues about false positives, overscreening, etc. that litter any discussion about technology beyond 2D mammograms in the Australian screening program (BreastScreen), it is indisputable that 3D mammograms (tomosynthesis) have a significantly higher cancer detection rate than 2D mammograms.
This is critically important for all women and especially those with dense breast tissue who are within the BreastScreen catchment age range of 40-74. Women age 40 and older are eligible for free mammograms through BreastScreen.
This BCNA forum is replete with stories of women across the BreastScreen age spectrum (including many aged 50+) who were unaware they have dense breast tissue, and which BreastScreen (except in WA) purposely does not advise about despite it being evident to the reading radiologists. Dense breast tissue obscured their cancer and caused a delayed diagnosis and sometimes more intensive treatment.
@arpie You are a vocal and articulate advocate about this issue and I wanted to bring this article to your attention ASAP.
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