Follow-up mammography increases survival rates in breast cancer
Posted Sep 30 2011 3:56am
Breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. patients who are given subsequent mammographic surveillance and MRIAn abbreviation for magnetic resonance imaging, a technique for imaging the body that uses electromagnetic waves and a strong magnetic field. scans have an increased chance of survival than those women who are not given these follow-ups.
The research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment, looked at systematic data from breast surgeons, radiologists and breast cancer registries. It was found that women who are given regular follow-ups for three years are more likely to have any recurrences detected early preventing the on-going growth of secondary tumours and increasing survival rates.