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Study examines interval breast cancers

Women who had interval breast cancers within a year of negative mammogram results had larger tumors, greater involvement of the lymph nodes and elevated odds of breast cancer-related mortality, compared with those who didn't have IBCs, indicating that poor prognosis in IBC may be due to unique cancer-related biological traits, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. The findings should prompt radiologists to conduct more frequent recalls, shorten screening intervals and administer other imaging for women with breast cancer symptoms who have negative mammography results, researchers wrote.

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