By Amy Norton
WEDNESDAY, November 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) – Women who receive mammograms every two years instead of every year may be at higher risk diagnosed with larger breast tumors, stage After, a new preliminary study showed.
The researchers found that out of the 232 breast cancer patients at their hospital, those who underwent a mammogram every two years tended to have a more advanced tumor: Among 32 women , 44% were diagnosed with stage 2 or later cancer, compared to 24% of patients who underwent annual screening.
The study did not look at the end result for women – that is, whether annual screening reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer.
But the hope is to provide women with some information to consider when making screening decisions, said researcher Dr Sarah Moorman, a resident of radiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
These decisions are not necessarily easy. Moorman points out that there are many different guidelines for mammography screening, and they vary at the recommended starting age and how often women should be tested, Moorman points out.
For example, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women at average risk of breast cancer be screened every two years. The American Cancer Society, meanwhile, recommends annual screening for women ages 45 to 54; Older women may switch to biennial screening or stick to annual screening.
It seems …