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New Recommendations for Breast Cancer

March 29, 2007

The American Cancer Society has added magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to its recommendations regarding breast cancer. Minnesota spokeswoman Caryl Range says women considered at higher risk should consider the procedure.

"The recommendation is that, in addition to the yearly mammogram, they also get an MRI."

She recommends that MRIs should begin at age 30 for most women at high risk, but all women should consult with their doctor for the best course of early prevention and detection. She notes the tests aren't prefect, but are a good indicator.

"It's a very, very specialized process. You know, one thing we want to get across is that, just because a woman has family history, that doesn't mean she necessarily falls into this category. She really needs to go through the risk-assessment with the physician, and make a determination if she fits into the category."

Range reports that an MRI can detect three percent more cancers than a mammogram. But to high risk women, it can be a life-saver.

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Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN