interval cancer


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A cancer that develops in the intervals between routine screening for a particular cancer—e.g., prostate cancer, breast cancer, etc.

interval cancer

Oncology A cancer that develops in the intervals between routine screening for a particular cancer–eg, prostate CA, breast CA, etc

interval cancer

A cancer whose presence is diagnosed in the time between scheduled screening tests, e.g., a breast cancer that is not detected by regular periodic mammography, professional examination, and self-breast exams.
See also: cancer
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To assess the real-world risk of interval cancers in women with dense breasts, the researchers analyzed 831,455 digital screening mammographies performed from January 2002 through October 2011 on 365,426 women across the country who were aged 40-74 years and whose medical records included complete demographic and breast health information.
Comparison of Sensitivity, False-positive Rate, Positive Likelihood Ratio, Abnormal Call Rate, Cancer Detection Rate, Interval Cancer Rate and Positive Predictive Value Between Mobile Units and Fixed Centres, 2002-2006 Indicator Numerator Denominator Crude Rate Sensitivity, % Fixed centres 5166 7353 70.
Tolerating longer recall period increases the likelihood of interval cancers, risking the benefits of the entire breast screening programme.
Compared with other cancers, these interval cancers were much more likely to have CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP), microsatellite instability, and high levels of LINE-1 methylation--all indicators of increased tumor aggressiveness.
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: "Tolerating longer recall period increases the likelihood of interval cancers, risking the benefits of the entire breast screening programme.