50 Years Is The Most Dangerous Age For Women – Part 2 of 3
Breast density, as determined by mammography, is already known to be a strong and independent risk factor for teat cancer. The American Cancer Society considers women with extremely dense breasts to be at moderately increased risk of cancer and recommends they talk with their doctors about adding MRI screening to their regularly mammograms. “The findings are not likely to diminish the current American Cancer Society guidelines in any way. But it might add a new facet regarding the possibility of an early mammogram to prove an obvious risk factor (breast density), which may then lead to enhanced screening for those women with the densest breasts”.
For example, some women might undergo a modified exposure exam at age 35 to instal breast-density levels. Those with denser breast tissue would follow up with mammography and additional imaging, such as MRI or ultrasound, for earlier cancer detection and treatment. Two experts not connected to the reading agreed that the density of a woman’s breast is a key factor in her risk for breast cancer.