Mammogram Plus MRI Cost-Effective In Improving Life Expectancy In Women At High Risk

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VIA:  Health.Com

By:  Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Radiological Society of North America, news release, Feb. 23, 2010

Dr. Janie Lee, and her collegues used statistical modeling to compare the costs and benefits of mammography alone, MRI alone, and mammography and MRI combined in a hypothetical group of 25-year-old women with BRCA1 mutations, which significantly increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

“For women at the highest risk of breast cancer, using both breast MRI and mammography together for screening will likely reduce their chances of dying from breast cancer and help them live longer, healthier lives,” Lee said in the news release.

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