Breast cancer: the importance of screening and personalized prevention

Breast cancer affects one in eight women to date. Despite this, survival has increased considerably in recent years, as have the recovery from breast cancer. The early diagnosis is certainly fundamental, according to the specialists . By screening and prevention spoke in an interview with the newspaper ‘L’Adige’ Daniela Bernardi , head of clinical breast section of Diagnostic Radiology screening Humanitas and Humanitas clinic Medical Care Domodossola, in Milan.

The importance of screening

” Mammographic screening has helped to significantly reduce women’s mortality due to breast cancer – explained the doctor -. In Italy, the current model provides for an invitation in the 50-70 age group, based on scientific evidence of effectiveness, in this age range where the incidence and therefore the increase of new cases increases ”. However, the doctor points out, over the years this incidence has changed and already between the ages of 45-50 the number of cases is similar to that of the following age group: “without wishing to create alarmism, it would be desirable that the reasons already reached women aged 50-70 began to lower the invitation at least to those who are 45 years old, as Emilia Romagna and Piedmont already do, for example “. “In any case – added Bernardi – advice to women who have turned 40 to check on themselves with a mammogram “. The cadence will be suggested by the specialist based on the conformation of the breast. The possibility of risk of “radiation induction of a tumor by a mammogram is very low”, reassures the doctor.

Exam customization

According to Bernardi, if the goal of ensuring prevention screening for women in the most sensitive age has been achieved, we should now take one more step: “we should focus and optimize the number and type of exams based on the need for the individual woman, with her characteristics, building suitable paths. The leap in quality is to work on those with complicated breasts, studying and offering the best model for this group of women “. It is indeed true that while a breast with a lot of fatty tissue is studied and analyzed with ease and can be controlled with less stringent times, a young, dense breast with a lot of glandular tissue can make the interpretation of the mammography more difficult and therefore must be monitored more frequently.

Humanitas: a cutting-edge center even in screening

“I am very proud to be able to work in a center of excellence like Humanitas, which gave me full confidence and offered the opportunity to lead a working group of great professionals carrying out an organization and optimization project,” said the doctor interviewed by the newspaper the Adige.

“I am working with technologies that represent the best of breast diagnosis, able to guarantee the excellence” besides objective of the clinical institute “is the cure, but also the research in the breast pathology. There are several clinical studies and we are about to start others ”.