Multimodality Breast Imaging: The Value of Diaphanography
To date, available evidence identifies a better chance of survival for women with breast cancer detected by mammography but not palpable on physical examination . However, even though substantial sums of money have been spent on breast cancer detection, the goal of reducing death from breast cancer in women below 50 years of age has not been realized. The ability of mammography to demonstrate nonpalpable lesions in patients below 50 years of age in the Health Insurance of New York study (HIP) conducted in the 1960s was limited. More recently with significantly improved mammography techniques Tabar has reported additional favorable screening results in the 40–74 age group compared to a control group with 31 percent reduction in mortality from breast cancer and 25 percent reduced incidence of stage II or greater breast lesions. In the 40- to 49-year age subgroup no reduction in mortality was observed .
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