STATES CHRONICLE – According to a new study ultrasounds can be used to detect breast cancer and it can be as effective as a mammography.
Considering that nowadays, despite the fact that we still don’t have a cure for many diseases, the fact that we can discover them and track them from an early stage, gives us increased chances of better treatment and survival.
This is why it is recommended that we go for a full medical check out for once in a while, to make sure everything is alright and if it isn’t at least we can catch in an early stage. One of the most widely spread types of cancer is breast cancer. The reason why many women have to give up their breasts is because they find out too late about their problem.
Of course, one of the reasons they find out so late is because they refuse to do a mammography, but in many cases, access to this detection technology is quite restricted. For example, in developing countries, it is more difficult for women to have access to mammography.
Thankfully, they will be able to use ultrasound as well, which is a lot easier to access for everyone, including women in poorer countries. Ultrasound should be perfectly able to detect average risk breast cancer but, unfortunately, the risk of getting a false positive result is quite high.
The study was conducted on a number of 2,600 women in the U.S., Argentina and Canada who had ultrasounds and mammograms for three years in a row. Although they didn’t have any breast cancer symptoms when the study began, they did have a higher density of breast tissue which is considered to be a factor that could probably lead to breast cancer.
After the three years, 110 women were diagnosed by doctors with breast cancer. In general detection rates were similar between ultrasound and mammography. The downside is that ultrasounds have a higher rate of false positive results which means women were asked to come back for additional screening.
Although ultrasounds might indeed come in handy, especially if there is a poor access to mammography, it is still unlikely it will replace the standard practice of detection for breast cancer. However, it should be used together with mammography in order to get better screening results.
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