Αρχική World News Breast Cancer Centers Rarely Follow National Screening Recommendations, Study Says

Breast Cancer Centers Rarely Follow National Screening Recommendations, Study Says

A recent study has demonstrated that most breast cancer centers in the United States do not follow the same guidelines that national medical societies recommend.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends getting a mammography screening every two years for women aged 50 to 74. The American Cancer Society, on the other hand, recommends annual screening for women aged 45 to 55, followed by annual or biennial screening after that.

Photo: Adobe Stock/Iryna

The decision to undergo screening more often or at an earlier age than these organizations recommend should be made on an individual basis depending on a person’s risk factors. But now there’s evidence that breast cancer centers may be recommending this screening earlier and more often than necessary.

The cross-sectional study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Jennifer L. Marti, MD, of the divisions of breast cancer and endocrine surgery at the department of surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, along with her colleagues, reviewed the online screening recommendations of 606 breast cancer facilities across the nation. 542 of these facilities were accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, while 47 had National Cancer Institute (NCI) designations, and 17 had both statuses.

Photo: Adobe Stock/bnenin

Article continues below

Our Featured Programs

See how we’re making a difference for People, Pets, and the Planet and how you can get involved!

The researchers discovered that 119 facilities did not specify an age at which mammography screening should begin, how often it should be done, or any information on discussions patients should have with their physicians about the risks and benefits.

Of the 487 facilities that did include some of this information on their websites, many of them were still missing some of these vital details. Only 431 of those facilities mentioned a starting age, 429 mentioned starting age and screening interval, and 56 encouraged women to discuss screening with their doctors. Of the 429 centers that recommended a starting age and screening interval, a whopping 347 offered recommendations that differ from the guidelines put forward by national medical societies.

Photo: Adobe Stock/LStockStudio

“Women should decide if beginning screening at age 45 to 50, or earlier at age 40, is best for them,” says Dr. Marti. “Beginning at age 50, and undergoing screening every 2 years, is supported by the USPSTF, which is in line with most breast cancer screening recommendations around the world.”

The dangers of conducting screening too early and often include extra costs, low-value care, false-positive findings, unnecessary biopsies and operations, patient distress, and overdiagnosis and overtreatment of “indolent cancers,” meaning the cancer is unlikely to become symptomatic or progress quickly. Often, the benefits of screening mammography are overestimated, while the risks are underestimated.

Photo: Adobe Stock/jovannig

The disparity between national guidelines and the recommendations coming from individual breast cancer screening centers can also cause tension, confusion, and anxiety for patients.

“Breast cancer centers with clear financial benefits from increased mammography rates may wish to reconsider offering recommendations that create greater referral volume but conflict with unbiased evidence-based USPSTF guidelines and have the potential to increase harms among women,” the researchers write.

Dr. Marti adds that more research is needed, but an ongoing trial called the Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of Risk (WISDOM) “may help determine appropriate screening intensity for individual patients.” Dr. Marti also hopes to see more research done on visual decision aids that illustrate the benefits and risks of screening, as well as the guidelines for Black women, who have been historically underrepresented in trials.

Provide Mammograms

Support those fighting Breast Cancer at The Breast Cancer Site for free!

Whizzco Source


Συμπληρώστε το email σας για να λαμβάνετε τις σημαντικότερες ειδήσεις από το ogkologos.com

Βρείτε μας

2,449ΥποστηρικτέςΚάντε Like

Διαβαστε Επίσης

Καρκίνος και Κορωνοϊός (COVID-19) ΜΕΡΟΣ Α

Εάν είστε καρκινοπαθής, το ανοσοποιητικό σας σύστημα μπορεί να μην είναι τόσο ισχυρό όσο κανονικά, έτσι μπορεί να ανησυχείτε για τους κινδύνους που σχετίζονται...


Η Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Κατά του Καρκίνου καθιερώθηκε με πρωτοβουλία της Διεθνούς Ένωσης κατά του Καρκίνου (UICC), που εκπροσωπεί 800 οργανώσεις σε 155 χώρες του...


ΕΞΕΛΙΞΕΙΣ ΣΤΗ ΘΕΡΑΠΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΜΗ-ΜΙΚΡΟΚΥΤΤΑΡΙΚΟΥ ΚΑΡΚΙΝΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΠΝΕΥΜΟΝΑ (ΜΜΚΠ) Γράφει ο Δρ Παπαδούρης Σάββας, Παθόλογος-Ογκολόγος   Ο ΜΜΚΠ βρίσκεται αναλογικά στο 80% και πλέον του συνολικού...

Διατρέχουν όντως οι καρκινοπαθείς μεγαλύτερο κίνδυνο λόγω κοροναϊού;

Σε πρακτικό επίπεδο, τα δεδομένα των σχετικών μελετών υποδηλώνουν ότι η χημειοθεραπεία ή οι άλλες αντι-νεοπλασματικές θεραπείες δεν αυξάνουν σημαντικά τον κίνδυνο θνησιμότητας από...

FDA: Η ακτινοβολία των smartphones δεν προκαλεί καρκίνο

Σε μια νέα έκθεσή της, η Υπηρεσία Τροφίμων και Φαρμάκων (FDA) των ΗΠΑ αναφέρει ότι επανεξέτασε τις σχετικές επιστημονικές έρευνες που δημοσιεύθηκαν τα τελευταία...

Νέα ανακάλυψη, νέα ελπίδα για τον καρκίνο

Ένα νεοανακαλυφθέν τμήμα του ανοσοποιητικού μας συστήματος θα μπορούσε να αξιοποιηθεί για την αντιμετώπιση όλων των ειδών καρκίνου, σύμφωνα με επιστήμονες του πανεπιστημίου Cardiff...
- Advertisment -

Ροή Ειδήσεων

2-Year-Boy Is So Excited To See Himself In Disney’s ‘Encanto’

The importance of representation in media has been a growing topic of concern, and companies have responded by adding more diversity to their characters,...

Man Walks Entire Continent To Spread Awareness About Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

Matthew Fennell is walking over 3,000 miles across Australia for an important cause and one that is near and dear to his heart. Last year,...

Boy Battling Cancer Becomes Honorary Police Officer, Sworn In To 45 Agencies

At just ten years old, Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel has already been through more than most people go through in their entire lives. DJ has been...

Paclitaxel and Carboplatin Not Inferior When Compared with Paclitaxel and Ifosfamide for the Treatment of Patients with Uterine Carcinosarcoma

With regard to overall survival (OS), paclitaxel and carboplatin was not inferior and demonstrated improved progression-free survival (PFS) when compared with paclitaxel and ifosfamide...

Cancer in My Community: Improving Access to Palliative Care in Indonesia

Cancer in My Community is a Cancer.Net Blog series that shows the global impact of cancer and how people work to care for those with...

Should CAR T Cells Be Used Earlier in People with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?

January 13, 2022, by NCI Staff Several approved CAR T-cell therapies work by binding to the CD19 antigen on cancer cells and killing them. Credit: Adapted...