Annual mammography after breast cancer may improve survival, researchers sayBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6222 (Published 28 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6222
- Jacqui Wise
Regular mammographic surveillance of women who have had breast cancer is likely to improve their survival, a new study concludes.
The researchers point out, however, that the evidence base is relatively weak and that more research is needed in this area (www.hta.ac.uk/1709).
The United Kingdom has 45 000 new cases of breast cancer each year, and the cancer reoccurs in about a quarter of these women. Most of these recurrences are found in the first three years after treatment.
There is currently debate about how best to detect a recurrence and how often women should be followed up. Recurrent breast cancer can be found through mammography, self examination by the women themselves, or examination by a clinician. The surveillance regimens used vary widely around the country.
The study concludes that surveillance …