Value of a breast imaging unit in the detection of breast cancer in Mexico

28 Jul 2021
Yazmín A Ramírez-Galván, Servando Cardona-Huerta, Guillermo Elizondo-Riojas, Alberto Montemayor-Martínez, Jesús I Morales-Escajeda, Carlos E Herrera-Peña

The screening breast cancer detection rate in Mexico is low. The main objective of this study was to determine the breast cancer detection rate in a Mexican population that attended a breast imaging unit, in which the same radiologist comprehensively evaluated and interpreted breast imaging studies. A total of 5,429 mammograms performed between 2015 and 2016 were evaluated. Rates for biopsy indication, biopsies performed and positive biopsies for cancer were determined. The malignancy detection rate, after a comprehensive imaging evaluation in a breast imaging unit, was 24.3 per 1,000 mammograms. In symptomatic women was 52.9 per 1,000 mammograms, and in screening women was 11.1 per 1,000 mammograms. Breast imaging units in which a comprehensive imaging approach is performed represent an opportunity for low- and middle-income countries without population-based screening programs to achieve a more efficient detection of breast cancer, without generating a higher cost.

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