The Search For Smaller Tumors

Breast-cancer studies could lead to better tests and earlier detection

Mammograms have saved the lives of tens of thousands of women over the past 20 years. Though mammograms are not perfect, their ability to detect small tumors gives doctors and their patients the option of treating the cancer while it is in an early, more curable stage. And yet by the time even a small tumor is picked up on a mammogram, odds are it has been growing for five to seven years. What if doctors could find even younger (and therefore presumably easier to treat) breast tumors? That's the question that a group of researchers asked themselves at a conference...

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