Medical Center launches breast cancer study

The KU Cancer Center has announced a breast cancer study that will further scientific understanding and by key in the march toward National Cancer Institute designation.

The Breast Center at the KU Cancer Center has been selected as one of just 12 sites nationally for a major clinical research study to determine if 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound combined with routine screening mammography is more accurate in detecting breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue than the routine screening mammogram alone.

The KU Cancer Center is the only clinical center in Kansas and Missouri to participate in the SOMO•INSIGHT study.

A woman’s breast density can interfere with a mammogram’s ability to detect breast cancer at early and more easily treatable stages. Research indicates that women who have dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetime than women who do not have dense breast tissue.

“We know that screening dense breasts with mammography alone is challenging. The published literature has shown improved early detection of breast cancer when ultrasound is used in addition to mammography for women with dense breast tissue. If this study further demonstrates that success, it will be a major benefit in breast cancer screening,” said Marc Inciardi, breast radiologist at the KU Cancer Center and the principal investigator for the trial.

Automated Breast Ultrasound is a breast imaging technology that is less affected by a woman’s breast density and is currently FDA approved when used in combination with mammography. Unlike mammography, which uses radiation, ABUS uses sound waves at a safe frequency to create images of the internal breast tissue

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