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  • Last Modified: 04/07/2014

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Changes to This Summary (04/07/2014)

The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.

Mammography—Variables Associated with Accuracy

Added text to state that a comparison of the findings from 1.5 million digital mammography screens and 4.5 million screen-film mammography screens that occurred in the Netherlands from 2004 to 2010 indicated higher recall and detection rates for the digital mammography screens; recall rates were higher for digital screens, but detection rates and positive predictive values were lower (cited van Luijt et al. as reference 33).

Revised text to state that a meta-analysis of 10 studies, including the Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial and a large U.S. cohort study, compared digital mammography with film mammography in 82,573 women who underwent both types of the exam.

This summary is written and maintained by the PDQ Screening and Prevention Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of NCI. The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. More information about summary policies and the role of the PDQ Editorial Boards in maintaining the PDQ summaries can be found on the About This PDQ Summary and PDQ NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database pages.