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Breast Reduction Cancer Screening?

Posted Sep 26 2005 12:00am

A study presented at the American Society today recommends that breast reduction patients be screened for breast cancer. What exactly that means is not specified in the press release.

I don’t like press releases like this. They freak patients out.

I personally send all my breast tissue from my breast reductions to pathology for a reading. In nearly ten years, this has not rresulted in a breast cancer or high risk reading. All my breast reduction patients get mammograms if they are appropriate screening age. Again I have found no breast cancers doing this in the same ten years.

The study quotes a 12% high risk lesion finding in 300 patients. Either I am very lucky, or the study is flawed or the press release incorrectly summarizes the findings. The last time I read the literature the incidence of finding a breast cancer in a breast reduction specimen was about 1%. May my luck continue.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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