Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mammogram checks are not as accurate

Source: Chicago Tribune
Summary: Medical Discoveries
Date: Dec 2007

2 of 10 cases missed in mammograms

Diana Miglioretti and her colleagues published a study with the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. They examined the performance of 123 radiologists who interpreted nearly 36,000 diagnostic mammograms between 1996 and 2003 at 72 U.S. facilities. All the mammograms had been ordered for women who found a lump themselves or whose doctors discovered something of concern.

They found that doctors reading mammograms miss an average of 2 in every 10 cases of breast cancer, even for women with lumps and other symptoms.

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