IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 25 / Issue 2 / pii/2004150

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Open Access Original Research

Missed cancers on mammograms: Causes and measures of prevention

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1 Breast Unit, 2nd Department of Propedeutic Surgery, Medical School - Laiko General Hospital of Athens, Athens (Greece)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2004, 25(2), 230–232;
Published: 10 April 2004
Abstract

Mammographically missed breast cancers remain a major medical and legal issue. In order to clarify causes and methods of the lim­itations, we present the experience of our Unit on this field. During the years 1999 and 2000, 319 breast cancer patients were admit­ted for surgical treatment to our Unit. Their files were reviewed in order to identify cases with mammography-related delayed diagno­sis. Thirty-three cases of mammographically missed cancers were found (10.3% ). The usual reasons for the delayed diagnoses were: retrospectively visible cancers, in benign looking lesions no further action was taken, and lesions with a rather malignant appearance were reported as benign. Missed cancers could be reduced by simple measures such as the full assessment of breast patients with clin­ical, radiologic, and cytologic-histologic evaluation, the double screening of mammograms, and improvement of the mammographic equipment and technique.

Keywords
Breast cancer
Missed cancer
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