A new study has found that women with a high risk of developing breast cancer due to family history or genetic mutations may benefit from yearly M.R.Is in addition to mammograms and breast exams.
According to The New York Times
, this study is the first of its kind to measure a large number of high-risk women and their survival rates. Researchers found that at the six year follow-up, 93 percent of the women who carried a specific gene mutation and had cancer were still alive. All women who were at high risk because of a family history with the disease were still alive at the six year mark as well.
"This is the first paper that really has taken a large number of women and shown that if you find disease earlier it does translate into some improved outcomes," Dr. Maxine Jochelson told the new source.
Dr. Jochelson was not involved with this particular study, but does note that there has been research that supports the idea of earlier detection and the use of M.R.Is.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S.