Researchers suggest having mammogram's at same place - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/18/10

Researchers find it is important to have your annual mammogram at the same place

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – You probably know the reason it's important to get your mammogram's at the same place every year is so your doctor can compare each one to the one before and look for changes.  At the California Pacific Medical Center, researchers think the same theory should be used in clinical breast exams.

They studied 1,500 breast exams and found that if doctors used the same form to document their findings in a breast exam it's much easier to spot subtle changes later.

"What we did was we compared the use of the form to the experience in the same clinics the previous year and basically doctors using the forms doubled the rate where they found a background of unusual things in the breast," said

Dr. Goodloe was the lead author of the study and says the forms were especially helpful in finding tumors in young women with no family history of breast cancer.

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