Keeping You Abreast

Good and bad breast cancer news. The bad: a recent survey of black and white women who have had surgery to remove early-stage breast cancer found that black women were less likely than white women to receive the crucial follow-up radiation treatment. The survey joins a long line of studies that show that U.S. blacks get inferior care for cancer and other illnesses than whites. The good news: A new way to spot breast cancer called molecular breast imaging can spot the disease more effectively and with fewer false alarms for women with dense breasts. In fact, the new method may be more effective than a mammogram and less expensive than a MRI. [Reuters & MSNBC]


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