Eluned Hughes comments on a study about a new radio wave, breast imaging study, called the MARIA trial.
Eluned Hughes, Head of Health Information at Breast Cancer Now, was on BBC 5Live and BBC Breakfast this morning, talking about a new radio wave, breast imaging study, called the MARIA trial.
The study was undertaken by researchers in Bristol. This is a small, early stage study which has been run via breast clinics for women who have found something unusual and have been referred by their GP for further investigation.
Eluned Hughes, Head of Health Information at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“This is a small and early stage study and so we are a long way off from knowing if this method can be can be used as routine practice in diagnostic clinics and also if it could replace mammograms in the future.
“Any additional research into early and effective diagnosis of breast cancer is welcome, and the results so far of this early study have indicated some potential benefits of this new method including less breast compression, making it more comfortable for women. But, this is early stage data, so we look forward to seeing the outcomes of the on-going trial.
“We know that the earlier breast cancer is found and the earlier treatment is started, the greater the chances are of surviving the disease. Breast screening and breast awareness are vital ways to ensure women are diagnosed early. Whether they personally choose to attend routine screening or not, we’d encourage all women to check themselves regularly, to get to know how their breasts normally look and feel, and to report any unusual changes to their GP.”
You can listen to Eluned speak about the trial on BBC 5Live online, at around 55 minutes.