Breast cancers found between mammograms more likely to be aggressive

03. 05. 2011 | ecancer.org


Breast cancers that are first detectable in the interval between screening mammograms are more likely to be aggressive, fast-growing tumours according to a study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute [1].

Breast cancers found between mammograms more likely to be aggressive

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Other studies have shown that cancers diagnosed between mammograms, known as interval cancers, tend to have a worse prognosis than those detected during routine screening. This study examined the difference between "true" interval cancers—those not detectable on the previous mammogram—and "missed" interval cancers—those not detected on the previous mammogram due to technical errors or misinterpretation.

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Reference

  1. Kirsh, V. A., Chiarelli, A. M., et al. (2011). Tumor characteristics associated with mammographic detection of breast cancer in the Ontario Breast Screening Program Journal of the National Cancer Institute DOI: 10.1093/jnci/djr138

Keywords: screening interval, interval cancers, mammography, breast cancer