Swedish-Affiliated Breast-Cancer Specialists Interviewed for Articles in The Seattle Times, P-I abou

Swedish-Affiliated Breast-Cancer Specialists Interviewed for Articles in The Seattle Times, P-I about a New Mammography Study

SEATTLE, Dec. 13, 2007 -- The results of a small, nationwide study published in this week's issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute support the widely accepted, if not so widely adopted, recommendation that diagnostic mammograms -- which are done when cancer is suspected and when any tumors would presumably be larger and easier to spot -- are best read by doctors who specialize in detecting breast cancer.

The findings add weight to concerns about relying on a mammogram, which experts have long said was an imprecise tool for detecting breast cancer. And the research shows that women shouldn't automatically accept a mammogram result -- negative or positive -- as the final word.

To read an abstract about the article or access the full study results, click here.

To read a related article published in the Dec. 12 issue of The Seattle Times, which quoted Swedish Cancer Institute-affiliated breast surgeon Patricia Dawson, M.D., click here.

To read the related article published in the Dec. 13 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which quoted Swedish Cancer Institute-affiliated breast-imaging specialist Mary Kelly, M.D., click here.

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