Shadows of concern. Mammography and breast cancer diagnosis post-1950


Yolanda Eraso
(London Metropolitan University)

This paper will discuss historical developments of breast cancer diagnosis from the 1950s onwards, with particular focus on mammography and the emergence of new ‘signs’ related to the disease such as microcalcifications and breast density. It will analyse how radiological images, pathologists’ classifications and methods of standardisation (BI-RADS) have reformulated disease diagnosis whilst opened up controversies and uncertainties regarding the identification of abnormal breast lesions. The analysis will draw on a transnational history framework to highlight medical exchanges in the production of knowledge in the area of cancer diagnosis. It will also offer a historical perspective to recent debates on over diagnosis in relation to mammography screening programmes.

Thursday, 22nd January 2015, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm
Venue: Lucas Room, Keppel Street Building