MRI Urged for High Breast Cancer Risk
American Cancer Society Recommends Annual Breast MRI for Very High-Risk Women
MRI Helps Women With New Breast Cancer
Separately, a new study complements the ACS recommendations. It shows that
for women with a new diagnosis of cancer in one breast, MRI is much better than
mammography for determining whether the other breast carries a cancer.
Constance Lehman, MD, PhD, director of breast imaging at the University of
Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, was one of the study’s
"This means that instead of those women having another cancer diagnosis
years after their initial treatment, we can diagnose and treat those
opposite-breast cancers at the time of the initial diagnosis," Lehman says
in a news release.
Perhaps more importantly, MRI can all but rule out cancer in the second
"Although no imaging tool is perfect, if the MRI is negative, the chance
of cancer in that breast is extremely low," Lehman notes. "A potential
outcome that we would be delighted to see is fewer unnecessary bilateral
Lehman and colleagues report their findings in the March 29 issue of The
New England Journal of Medicine.