Multi-center study finds ultrasound screening finds more breast cancer; false positives may outweigh that benefit
- Posted: April 6, 2012
Adding ultrasound exams to annual breast cancer screening can help physicians detect more cancers in women who have dense breasts and are at a higher risk of breast cancer, according to a three-year, multi-center trial appearing April 4 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, ultrasound has a downside: risks of false positive results and unnecessary biopsies that may outweigh the scans’ benefits.
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