The downside of MRI breast screening

Even those with breast cancer history should be told, study says

Most women undergoing a mammogram are unlikely to benefit from a supplemental breast MRI, even if they have a personal history of breast cancer.

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That’s according to the latest evidence that shows that an MRI is linked to higher biopsy rates but lower cancer yield, even after accounting for age and five-year breast cancer risk.

Using data from more than two million screenings, US researchers found “clinically and statistically” higher biopsy rates in the 90 days following screening MRI compared with mammography, but lower rates of DCIS and invasive cancer findings.

By contrast,