Study Shows Breast Implants Hide Cancer in Mammograms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/27/04

Study Shows Breast Implants Hide Cancer in Mammograms

Millions of women have breast implants.

In fact, implants are the third most common type of plastic surgery, and the trend is on the rise. Now, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates women with implants face an increased risk of hiding their breast cancer in a mammogram.

"Screening mammography missed 55% of breast cancers in women with breast implants compared to only 37% of breast cancers in women without implants," explained Dr. Diana Miglioretti.

She also says they compared the results of more than one million mammography films of women with and without implants. Here, the implant shows up as a solid white mass, blocking the view of the breast tissue on the mammography film.

Dr. Miglioretti says you can get around the implant for a better view, something called implant displacement views, but she says it would be wise for women with implants to be more diligent in monthly breast self-exams and regular doctor visits so that if there is a cancer hiding it is discovered as early as possible.

And while mammograms missed 55% of breast cancer in women with implants, researchers emphasize that it is still the most effective method of finding breast cancer in women with or without implants. For more information, you can (click here).

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