Mammogram system still needs work
Oct 24, 2011
Mammography is currently the best way that doctors can determine if someone has breast cancer, however the system is not perfect. In fact, a recent study showed that 80 percent of the women who get called back for a second mammogram do not have cancer, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
It is important for those who are getting mammograms each year to request doctors who have a great deal of experience.
"Good [radiology] practices watch their recall rate," Dr. Barbara Bourland, medical director of the Morton Plant Mease Susan Cheek Needler Breast Centers, told the news source. "If you're recalling more than 10 percent of patients, you're probably bringing back way too many for retesting. But if you're only recalling one percent, you're probably missing a lot of cancer."
In addition, doctors should be looking at mammograms daily to diminish the chances of a physician worrying an individual for a false alarm, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is the second most common form of cancer among women, following only skin cancer. Also, it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death behind lung cancer.