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Not all women with dense breasts need further imaging after normal mammogram, study shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2690 (Published 19 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2690
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Women who are found to have dense breasts on an apparently normal mammogram sometimes undergo further imaging to check their risk of breast cancer, but a new US study shows that more than half of these women are at low risk and recommends that other risk factors should be considered before further investigation.

High breast density, with a higher proportion of breast and connective tissue than of fat, increases the risk of breast cancer and can mask tumours, reducing the sensitivity of mammography. As a result, …

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