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Womens Health (Lond). 2010 Jul;6(4):509-10. doi: 10.2217/whe.10.35.

Screening of women at high familial risk of breast cancer.

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  • 1Women's College Research Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5G 1N8, Canada.


Evaluation of: Kuhl C, Weigel S, Schrading S et al.: Prospective multicenter cohort study to refine management recommendations for women at elevated familial risk of breast cancer: the EVA trial. J. Clin. Oncol. 28, 1450-1457 (2010). In the EVA trial, Kuhl et al. screened 687 women at high risk of breast cancer for up to 3 years with annual MRI. A total of 27 breast cancers were diagnosed, including 11 DCIS and two local recurrences. There were no interval cancers. This data suggests that MRI screening can be used to downstage breast cancers, but larger studies with longer follow-up periods are required to confirm these findings.

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