|Authors||Sarff M, Schmidt K, Vetto JT|
|Journal||Am. J. Surg. Volume: 195 Issue: 5 Pages: 626-30; discussion 630|
|Publish Date||2008 May|
Our state Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) has previously reported a paucity of data supporting breast screening for asymptomatic women younger than 40 (cancer detection rate of .25% per screening-year). In partnership with the local Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, we began a targeted “screening” program to evaluate women younger than 40 referred for symptoms or other concerns.Retrospective data review of program results, including demographics, symptoms, evaluations performed, and outcomes.A total of 176 women, ages 16 to 39 years, were referred to the BCCP/Komen program. Of the women with documented presenting symptoms, the most common was breast lump (81%). Evaluation triggered 75 surgical referrals and 69 biopsies, yielding 16 cancers (a biopsy positive rate of 23% and overall cancer detection rate from the program of 9%).For women younger than age 40, targeted breast cancer screening is a more efficient utilization of screening resources, with a higher cancer detection rate than asymptomatic screening.