Professionals worldwide recommend timely tests for gauging the presence of a tumor with regards to cervical and breast cancer among women. Further highlighting this aspect, scientists from the University of California (UCSF) have asserted that aging women tend to encounter lower-risk breast tumors after being exposed to mammograms.
Notably, the experts revealed that a considerable number of cancers gauged by mammograms seemed to have effective prognoses. In this analysis, the team examined almost 866 patients suffering from node negative cancers in Europe.
While the first set of individuals were diagnosed from 1980 to 1991 when breast cancer screening was not routine, the other half underwent lesion diagnosis from 2004 to 2008 when cancer screening was regular. In case of women aged between 49 and 60, the prognosis of tumors appeared to be better, specifically those which were diagnosed more presently via mammograms.
“A significant number of screen-detected tumors are very low risk. It shows that we have an opportunity to improve care by using molecular predictors to recognize who has these ultra-low-risk or idle tumors, and safely minimize treatment,” commented lead author Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The investigators accessed the FDA-approved diagnostic test called MammaPrint in this study. This trial essentially sought to enhance screening techniques and to avoid excessive treatment in case of low-risk mammographic lesions.
The report is published in the journal, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.