Dense Breasts: What Do Our Patients Need to Be Told and Why?

Alyssa D. Throckmorton, Deborah J. Rhodes, Kevin S. Hughes, Amy C. Degnim, Diana Dickson-Witmer

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More than 50 % of states have state-mandated density notification for patients with heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts. Increased breast density carries a risk of masking a cancer and delaying diagnosis. Supplemental imaging is optional and often recommended for certain patients. There are no evidence-based consensus guidelines for screening patients with density as their only risk factor. Breast cancer risk assessment and breast cancer prevention strategies should be discussed with women with dense breasts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3119-3127
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of surgical oncology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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