BCSC's Karla Kerlikowske publishes Annals of Internal Medicine editorial on breast cancer screening strategies

Editorial describes how combining risk factors with breast density to determine age and frequency of breast cancer screening maximizes benefits and minimizes harms

Posted by Karla Kerlikowske at 5:00 PM on Feb 17, 2021


Risk-based screening combines risk factors such as age, breast density, and family history of breast cancer to develop strategies of when to start screening and how often to screen.  An editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine describes why a risk-based screening approach that measures breast density one time at age 40 is not the best approach to decide on age to start screening or screening frequency.  Effective risk-based screening strategies that maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of screening combine breast density with other risk factors such as age, family history of breast cancer, and history of breast biopsy, to determine age to start screening and screening frequency.  

Find the editorial here: https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M21-0398

Read an article featuring the editorial here: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/945472



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