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New Studies Contribute to Ongoing Quest for Better Breast Cancer Screening, Care

Tracy Hampton, PhD
JAMA. 2008;300(15):1749-1750. doi:10.1001/jama.300.15.1749.
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While considerable strides have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in the United States, many cases go undetected until later stages, and tens of thousands of people die from the disease each year. Several recent studies, presented in September at the 2008 Breast Cancer Symposium in Washington, DC, demonstrate researchers' ongoing efforts to improve those numbers.

One study “offers new insight into a promising future alternative to mammography,” while another “will help us personalize care based on a better understanding of the molecular characteristics of a patient's tumor,” said Eric Winer, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Winer, who was not involved with the research, is also director of the Breast Oncology Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

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Recent research reveals that molecular breast imaging is better than mammography for detecting breast cancer.



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