Benign Breast Biopsy: When to Get Follow-Up Mammo?
Study suggests imaging tests done less than a year later find little cancer, drain health care dollars
A breast cancer expert commented on the new research.
The study is sound, said Dr. Laura Kruper, director of the Cooper Finkel Women's Health Center and co-director of the breast cancer program at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif.
"I think most women would be fine having repeat imaging in 12 months," she said, "but it should be done on a selective basis." A doctor must take the whole patient into account, she said, weighing such factors as family history and a woman's views of the testing intervals.
"There are some patients who are going to be so nervous waiting a year," Kruper said.
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