OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Researchers preparing to conduct an extensive breast cancer research trial in Oklahoma City hope to find cancers that mammograms can’t detect.
The Oklahoman reports the Mercy Breast Center is scheduled to begin the trial on July 1. It’ll bring in 4,000 women over three years who’ve had a mammogram that was interpreted as normal.
“We miss the majority of women who are heading straight towards having breast cancer,” said Alan Hollingsworth, medical director of the center. “It is going to be a huge undertaking.”
Researchers have created a new breast cancer risk-prediction model based on computer-aided image analysis that shows minor changes in breast tissue. The model was developed after 2,000 images were reviewed.
The model intends to identify women who are excluded from current breast MRI guidelines, but have a higher risk of developing hidden cancers that can be detected by an MRI.
Researchers also will evaluate women with elevated cancer risks that aren’t detected easily by a regular mammogram.
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