Has your healthcare provider ever spoken with you about breast density? Are you aware of the correlation between breast density and breast cancer? If you answered no to either of these questions, we urge you to keep reading.
Research has shown that women with dense breasts can be six times more likely to develop breast cancer; but what exactly does having dense breasts mean, and what can you do if you are one of the more than 40 percent of women in the U.S. with dense breast tissue?
For starters, having dense breasts simply means you have more fibrous tissue in your breasts than fatty tissue. As such, cancerous lesions may be more difficult for doctors to identify. While this may sound scary, there are actually innovative technologies on the marketplace today that help radiologists better evaluate and score breast density to identify patients who may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer. The problem with breast density, is that currently only 33 states require some level of notification about breast density following a mammogram. This is shocking when you consider the fact that almost half of all women are known to have dense breasts!
At iCAD, we aim to educate you on the information you need to stay healthy and happy, which is why we want to provide you with the facts and resources you need to stay informed about your personal breast health. We are strong supporters of Are You Dense and Dense Breast-info and encourage you to visit their websites for comprehensive information on such topic as it relates to legislation in your state.
So, if you are told you have dense breasts, here’s what to do next:
- Talk to your doctor about your individual risks for breast cancer given your health and family history.
- Continue to have annual 3D mammograms (breast tomosynthesis), as 3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, has been shown by many research studies to improve the results of mammography when compared to usual 2D digital mammography. If a woman chooses to have mammography, she should have the best possible outcome and that means 3D instead of 2D in almost all cases1.
- 3D is more accurate than 2D and reduces the chance of having to return for additional imaging.
- In addition to your annual mammogram, check yourself on a regular basis and contact your doctor immediately if you notice any lumps or changes to your breasts.
- Stay educated and informed on the breast density laws in your state and fight for a change if something is lacking in your area.
While having dense breast does not mean you have or will be diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s important to stay informed and take the steps necessary to ensure you are educated and aware of your treatment options.
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