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Detecting breast cancer depends on doctor, study finds

There are 23 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 11, 2007, titled Detecting breast cancer depends on doctor, study finds. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Doctors reading mammograms miss an average of 2 in every 10 cases of breast cancer, even for women with lumps and other symptoms, researchers reported Tuesday.

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Karen

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 11, 2007
This article underlines the importance of the human factor - the radiologist readong the mammogram - and the limitations of x-ray mammography - overlapping tissue may obscure cancer especially in dense breasts. I think it fails to address the importance, however, of getting additional exams (such as breast ultrasound or in some cases breast MRI) when there is a reason for concern. Also, although there is some debate about this, computer-aided detection for mammography may help the less experienced radiologists boost their cancer detection performance.
Boob Man

Reno, NV

#2 Dec 11, 2007
How does the prevelance of breast augmentation surgery play into this?
Use Technology

Chicago, IL

#3 Dec 11, 2007
In this day and age, there is no reason that these images cannot be sent as electronic data to "Centers of Excellence" for reading. It is anachronistic (like much of the medical process)to have an image read "locally". If we truly want to control costs AND improve medical care, this is just one more example of the need to force change is the way the healthcare industry delivers care.
Joe S

Tyler, TX

#4 Dec 11, 2007
Did this study include digital mammography and routine ultrasound exam? I believe not. MRI examination should also be available. An essential requirement is the postgraduate training of the mammographic radiologist for at least 6 months in a recognized mammography center.
Michele

Chicago, IL

#5 Dec 11, 2007
This is not helpful.
70boomer

Newport News, VA

#6 Dec 11, 2007
Where can a woman find out about the error rate of the facility reading her mammography?
peter

Ottawa, Canada

#7 Dec 11, 2007
There is a blood test called BC-SeraPro that will be available in some clinics as early as 2008. It has the promise of detecting breast cancer much earlier than X-ray mammography and, much more accurate. Now, it is not a stand-alone test because it has not been fully evaluated.
Relax, ladies.
LeRoy Brown

United States

#8 Dec 11, 2007
Many of today's doctors are simply pill pushers.
Diane

Winfield, IL

#9 Dec 11, 2007
peter wrote:
There is a blood test called BC-SeraPro that will be available in some clinics as early as 2008. It has the promise of detecting breast cancer much earlier than X-ray mammography and, much more accurate. Now, it is not a stand-alone test because it has not been fully evaluated.
Relax, ladies.
How condescending. If your life might depend on a penogram, would you be a little uptight?
meh

Wilmette, IL

#10 Dec 11, 2007
Why is this just now a news article? This is and has actually been a serious problem. There's so much random and scary doctor crap like this in regards to breast cancer, and I'm sure other conditions. My own mother had to spend a year finding a doc who was actually a good doc and not in it for the lexus and diamonds... and that is just the tip of the iceberg. >=|
kim lewis

Huntsville, AL

#11 Dec 12, 2007
My advanced breast cancer was misdiagnosed as stage 0 by the radiologist who read it, the surgeon I went to in Boone, NC, and the surgeon I went to at Duke University. It was never seen till the day of my surgery by the radiologist at Duke while placing the wires in my breast to mark the calcifications for the surgeon. We need a better method! I know I am not the only person to have experienced this first hand.
catherine

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Dec 12, 2007
Mammograms actually increase your chances of getting breast cancer. For more information check out newstarget.com
cubsfan14

Cincinnati, OH

#13 Dec 12, 2007
kim lewis wrote:
My advanced breast cancer was misdiagnosed as stage 0 by the radiologist who read it, the surgeon I went to in Boone, NC, and the surgeon I went to at Duke University. It was never seen till the day of my surgery by the radiologist at Duke while placing the wires in my breast to mark the calcifications for the surgeon. We need a better method! I know I am not the only person to have experienced this first hand.
I'm very sorry for what you were put through, but hope that you are now doing well. Glad that someone with better skills came along and detected what was originally missed. I wish you continued progress!
Denise

Peoria, IL

#14 Dec 12, 2007
70boomer wrote:
Where can a woman find out about the error rate of the facility reading her mammography?
My thoughts exactly. This article is not as useful as it could be.
kim lewis

Huntsville, AL

#15 Dec 12, 2007
cubsfan14 wrote:
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I'm very sorry for what you were put through, but hope that you are now doing well. Glad that someone with better skills came along and detected what was originally missed. I wish you continued progress!
Thanks - I am 2 1/2 years out from first surgery. So far so good... I don't have mammo's anymore as I have no breasts but have an Oncologist who does brain MRI's, CT scans and tumor markers watching out for a recurrance. Now that I have been tested and am BRCA positive I know to keep a close eye. My daughter also is positive for the gene and has a breast MRI every year now at age 25. At least she has a better chance of catching it earlier than I did!
Donna Braun

Delray Beach, FL

#16 Dec 13, 2007
Thermography is the EARLIEST breast screening method available. It is 90% accurate and will detect breast cancer 8-10 years ahead of a mammogram. Thermography saved my life! We all have our own set patterns (like a fingerprint) in our breasts, which should never change throughout our lives. Before a tumor grows, it has to create its own blood supply in your breast to grow, to feed itself. This new blood supply alters your set patterns, which is what thermography detects! Please go to thermographyfirst.com for more info. or to any breast thermography website to find out more about this valuable screening tool!
Donna Braun

Delray Beach, FL

#17 Dec 13, 2007
Kim, I posted a comment today (Thursday), Please read it. There IS a better way to monitor your breast health. It's called thermography!! It will detect breast cancer 8-10 years ahead of a mammogram. Please read my comment and good luck to you! Please write to me with any questions.
Corey

Eden Prairie, MN

#18 Dec 13, 2007
This troubles me deeply that is why I am offering free breast exams for women 18-40Yrs 100-150lbs size B-DD thankyou and God bless
fritz1956

Syracuse, NY

#19 Dec 29, 2007
your story is confusing. How could it be "not seen" till the day of surgery? Why did you have surgery in the first place?
kim lewis wrote:
My advanced breast cancer was misdiagnosed as stage 0 by the radiologist who read it, the surgeon I went to in Boone, NC, and the surgeon I went to at Duke University. It was never seen till the day of my surgery by the radiologist at Duke while placing the wires in my breast to mark the calcifications for the surgeon. We need a better method! I know I am not the only person to have experienced this first hand.
fritz1956

Syracuse, NY

#20 Dec 29, 2007
kim lewis wrote:
My advanced breast cancer was misdiagnosed as stage 0 by the radiologist who read it, the surgeon I went to in Boone, NC, and the surgeon I went to at Duke University. It was never seen till the day of my surgery by the radiologist at Duke while placing the wires in my breast to mark the calcifications for the surgeon. We need a better method! I know I am not the only person to have experienced this first hand.
How is it "not seen" until day of surgery. why was surgery scheduled????

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