Does a high-risk recommendation in mammography reports increase attendance at a breast cancer risk assessment clinic?

Ankur M. Vaidya, Alison Chetlen, Susann Schetter

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Purpose This study evaluates the effectiveness of introducing, in 2012, a standardized recommendation into mammography reports, to recruit women at high risk for breast cancer into our risk assessment clinic. Methods The study population was comprised of patients presenting for screening or diagnostic mammography, in 2011 and 2013, who were identified as having a ≥20% lifetime risk for breast cancer. Mammographic reports were assessed for annotations addressing the patients' risk status and referral to a provider at the clinic. The percentage of patients given a high-risk recommendation who did, versus did not, consult a provider at the clinic, within 1 year of their mammogram, was analyzed. Results A total of 173 patients in 2011, and 241 patients in 2013, were identified as having a ≥20% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Of these, 40.5% were given a recommendation to attend our risk assessment clinic in 2011, versus 75.5% in 2013. Despite the overall increase in such recommendations by radiologists, only a modest increase occurred, from 11.4% to 14.3%, in patients that subsequently attended our risk assessment clinic. Conclusions Although the number of referrals to our high-risk clinic increased modestly after institution of a standardized reporting recommendation, >85% of patients at high risk, in 2013, did not consult a provider for patients at high risk, regarding their elevated lifetime risk of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)923-929
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)

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