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Breast Cancer Screening Research Highlights How Flawed Science Contributes to Health Disparities

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital published in JAMA Surgery highlights the pitfalls of basing clinical recommendations on data that is too heavily skewed towards one race or ethnic group. The current guidelines for breast cancer screening issued by the US Preventative Services Task Force recommend beginning mammograms at age 50 for women at […]

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Researchers Use Machine Learning to Improve Breast Cancer Screening Techniques

Imagine enduring a painful, expensive and scar-inducing surgery—only to find out afterwards that it wasn’t necessary. This is the situation for many women with high-risk breast lesions—areas of tissue that appear suspicious on a mammogram and have abnormal but not cancerous cells when tested by needle biopsy. Following surgical removal, 90% of these lesions end […]

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Specialized Screening Protocol May Improve Detection of Ovarian Cancer in High-Risk Women

First, let’s define a few key words: CA125: A protein found on the surface of many ovarian cancer cells. Most women with ovarian cancer have CA125 levels in the blood that are over 35. ROCA: An abbreviation for Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm, a test that assesses risk for developing ovarian cancer. This test tracks […]

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Fascinating Findings from Massachusetts General Hospital: Recent Research on Alzheimer’s, Patient Navigators and the Wage Gap

By Milo Goodman Research Institute Intern Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to read about some extremely interesting research studies that were recently conducted by investigators at Mass General. Out of the dozens I’ve encountered, three have stood out to me in particular: research on sex-based income disparities among physicians, a study […]

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