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A Radiologist's Warning: What Breast Density Means to You
Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography to detect cancer. About half of women younger than 50 are dense, and 1/3 of women over 50 are dense. That’s a large number of women for whom mammography alone is not enough says Dr. Stacey Vitiello, Radiologist from Montclair, New Jersey.
Up to half of breast cancers cannot be seen on the mammogram in women with dense breasts. This leads to missed cancers that are discovered at later stages, resulting in more invasive treatments and a poorer prognosis.
A must read for all women: What Breast Density Means to You.