The introduction of mammography and colonoscopy back in the 1960s helped introduce an "age of wonder" for cancer screening that correlated with a significant drop in mortality rates, according to Cary Gross, M.D., of Yale Medical School. Conversely, according to Gross, the 21st Century has launched a new age of wonder in the sense that people are now wondering how beneficial cancer screening actually is.
A new report from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment in the UK reminds us that efforts are underway to continue to understand and balance the risks and rewards of medical imaging with ionizing radiation.
According to Judith A. Malmgren, M.D, affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington's School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle, the problem with determining the effectiveness in this age group is the paucity of available research; elderly women don't make good candidates for clinical trials.
A pair of recent articles in two radiology journals remind us of the critical role radiology plays when it come to mass-casualty emergencies.
This is what we know--colorectal cancer screening works. Despite this, screening rates remain problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three adults ages 50 to 75, haven't been tested for colorectal cancer as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
In a recent commentary published in the Journal of Patient Safety, Stephen Swensen, a radiologist at Mayo Clinic, and colleagues make an "Appeal for Safe and Appropriate Imaging of Children."
Clearly radiology practices and imaging facilities still face security and privacy challenges.
Breast cancer screening and its effect on cancer mortality rates, as well as the harms associated with overdiagnosis and false positives, was in the news yet again this past week as a study in the journal BMJ showed that mammography screening can significantly cut mortality rates from the disease. But in a commentary accompanying the article, the authors suggested that the question remains whether the benefits of mammography outweigh its harms, a question that should be the subject of a discussion between doctors and their patients, they say.
That begs another question: Are doctors having the right kind of conversation with their patients about breast cancer screening?