Lump detection is enhanced in silicone breast models simulating postmenopausal breast tissue

Mary Mc Grae McDermott*, Nancy C. Dolan, Josephine Huang, Douglas Reifler, Alfred W. Rademaker

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Abstract

We varied the softness and nodularity of silicone breast models to assess the effects of age-related breast tissue characteristics on lump detection. In two sets of six silicone breast models manufactured to simulate premenopausal and postmenopausal breast tissue, respectively, 82 internal medicine attending and housestaff physicians more readily detected lumps among models simulating older breast tissue. The proportion of models with one or more false-positive findings was higher among models simulating postmenopausal breast tissue. We conclude that age-related changes in breast tissue most likely contribute to the higher sensitivity of clinical breast examination in older women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-114
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • breast cancer
  • breast cancer, early detection
  • breast cancer, screening
  • clinical breast examinations
  • menopause

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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