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ASCO lifts embargo early on study of mammograms in women between 40 and 49

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology has lifted the embargo early on a study of mammograms in women aged 40 to 49 scheduled to be presented at an upcoming meeting. According to a memo to reporters sent out at 1:09 Eastern today:

The embargo has now lifted on abstract #67, “Effectiveness of population-based service screening with mammography for women age 40 to 49,” from the 2010 Breast Cancer Symposium, taking place October 1-3. The lead author on this abstract is Hakan Jonsson, MD, PhD. You many now file any news articles related to this abstract only.

The embargo on all other abstracts from the 2010 Breast Cancer Symposium will lift at 6:00 PM ET tonight.

The study was bound to get a fair amount of buzz. Its conclusion:

In this large study mammography screening for women aged 40‐49 is clearly shown to be efficient for reducing breast cancer mortality.

No word on why the embargo was lifted early. I’ve contacted ASCO to find out, and will update if I hear anything back. [See update at end.]

There was a presscast scheduled at noon Eastern today to discuss the study and others, but the study itself was embargoed until 6 p.m.

Here’s more on embargoes from past ASCO conferences, and on a recent break involving the organization.

Update, 2 p.m. Eastern, 9/29/10: From ASCO:

There was no embargo break. The abstract had an associated manuscript that was published in the journal CANCER at 12 PM ET today, so we lifted the embargo early.

CANCER is an American Cancer Society journal. Perhaps the manuscript and the abstract were ships passing in the night, but I figure someone would have known about a noon paper and not put a 6 p.m. embargo on an associated abstract. Will update if I hear anything back.

Update, 2:20 Eastern, 9/29/10: More from ASCO:

We weren’t certain of the publication timing leading up to the call (presscast) today. The journal selected a noon publication time so we lifted the embargo early to coincide.

Update, 3:10 Eastern, 10/4/10: This from Wiley, which publishes CANCER:

Due to the demand for the article, as soon it was ready, we published it and lifted the standard embargo. The authors were then free to discuss the content in detail for the benefit of everyone.

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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