Better way to spot early breast cancer?

December 15, 2008 2:49:42 PM PST
There may be a way to better spot early breast cancer in high-risk women. Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer center say alternating between a breast MRI and a mammogram every six months allowed them to pick up cancers when they were smaller. In theory that's then might be easier to cure.

Most high-risk women currently have the tests just once a year.

Researchers report that, of the 86 women who had the screening rotation, nine cancers were found.

The study is not yet over so researchers say it's too early to determine if this screening program ultimately saves lives.