The initial Method of Detection (MOD) is the first imaging test or sign or symptom that triggered the subsequent workup and diagnosis of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer: Method of Detection
Why should we track initial MOD?
- Many other nations track the performance and results of screening mammography for every patient.
- USA cancer registries do not include MOD data or a direct registry link from the MOD to specific patients and their outcomes.
- Mortality from breast cancer continues to decrease in the USA but the debate over when to start and how often to screen patients rages on in the USA.
- Without tracking MOD, we cannot fully understand the fundamental impact of screening, or the lack thereof, on treatment and outcomes in diverse racial and socioeconomic communities in the USA.