A group of researchers from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center are studying new methods to improve breast cancer screening.
The Hawaii and Pacific Islands Mammography Registry will release a questionnaire this month to standardize breast cancer information in clinics across Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, according to the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The research will be used to engender a model for doctors and researchers to better assess breast cancer risks in the state.
Data from the UH Cancer Center revealed that Native Hawaiian women have the highest breast cancer mortality in the state.
The questionnaire is free to participate. HIPIMR, a research database of women receiving breast imaging in Hawaii, will gather imaging and breast health information from women who underwent radiology or MRI imaging.
“We hope to learn more about how mammograms and advanced breast imaging tests can best detect breast cancer and what characteristics of women and tumors influence detection,” John Shepard, the research lead for the project said in a press release.
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