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Growing use of MRIs leading to more invasive breast cancer surgery

  • Posted: August 15, 2013

Heavy use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be leading to unnecessary breast removal in older women with breast cancer, according to a study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine (home of the Yale Cancer Center) in the current issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. The research team tracked the use of breast MRI and surgical care of 72,461 female Medicare beneficiaries age 67-94 who were diagnosed with breast cancer during 2000 to 2009.

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