Supplemental Cancer Screening for Women With Dense Breasts: Guidance for Health Care Professionals

Suneela Vegunta, Juliana M. Kling, Bhavika K. Patel

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Mammography is the standard for breast cancer screening. The sensitivity of mammography in identifying breast cancer, however, is reduced for women with dense breasts. Thirty-eight states have passed laws requiring that all women be notified of breast tissue density results in their mammogram report. The notification includes a statement that differs by state, encouraging women to discuss supplemental screening options with their health care professionals (HCPs). Several supplemental screening tests are available for women with dense breast tissue, but no established guidelines exist to direct HCPs in their recommendation of preferred supplemental screening test. Tailored screening, which takes into consideration the patient's mammographic breast density and lifetime breast cancer risk, can guide breast cancer screening strategies that are more comprehensive. This review describes the benefits and limitations of the various available supplemental screening tests to guide HCPs and patients in choosing the appropriate breast cancer screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2891-2904
Number of pages14
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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