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Adding ultrasound to mammography could increase breast cancer detection in Asian women

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 05 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5926
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Adding ultrasound to standard mammography for breast screening could improve rates of breast cancer detection in Asian women, a Japanese study has found.

The incidence of breast cancer has been increasing steadily in Japan and other Asian countries over the past three decades. Asian women generally have higher density breast tissue than women from other ethnic groups, and the age specific incidence of breast cancer peaks at 40-49 years in Asian women compared with 60-69 years in non-Asian women. Unfortunately the effectiveness of mammography as a population breast …

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