HANDY PATIENT GUIDE TO SCREENING OPTIONS FOR DENSE BREASTS

This patient-friendly guide outlines the benefits and harms of screening options for dense breasts. The two-page guide is based on current scientific and medical research on technology and dense breast tissue. The guide illustrates the approximate cancer detection rate for each exam. Bring this guide with you as you discuss your screening options with your health-care providers based on your risk, dense tissue and preferences.

Keep in mind that all studies have limitations. References are listed on page 2. 

The chart can be printed one page, back to back. 

Appreciation and thanks to Julie S. Gershon, MD for her expert review.

Download Chart in PDF here.

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  • Are You Dense? Fact #1:

    Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #2:

    Two-thirds of pre-menopausal women and 1/4 of post menopausal women have dense breast tissue. 

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #3:

    Adding more sensitive tests to mammography significantly increase detection of invasive cancers that are small and node negative.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #4:

    Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breasts than those with the most fatty tissue.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #5:

    While a mammogram detects 98% of cancers in women with fatty breasts, it finds only 48% in women with the densest breasts.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #6:

    A woman at average risk and a woman at high risk have an EQUAL chance of having their cancer masked by mammogram.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #7:

    Women with dense breasts who had breast cancer have a four times higher risk of recurrence than women with less-dense breasts.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #8:

    A substantial proportion of Breast Cancer can be attributed to high breast density alone.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #9:

    There are too many women who are unaware of their breast density, believe their “Happy Gram” when it reports no significant findings and are at risk of receiving a later stage cancer diagnosis. 

     
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