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Doctors may want to inform women with dense breast tissue about cancer risks

 

Consultant Breast Surgeon based in Malaya who says that doctors who detect high breast density in their female patients should advise them about the link between the high density and breast cancer. Doctors should also encourage these patients to go for regular mammography screening for breast cancer.

The consultant said that a lot of doctors find it difficult to explain to their patients the link between breast density and breast cancer as patients may become anxious. Yet, this information can be important to guide these women to undergo regular mammography screening and could save their lives. She explained “Currently, radiologists do not record breast density readings and women in the category may want to ask for this to be done,” She also highlighted that younger women normally have dense breast tissues, but this is considered abnormal among older ones.

Mammography scans on dense breast tissues are always harder in interpretation. This is why women with dense breast tissues are recommended to carry out physical self-examination of the breast, along with mammography, on regular basis to detect any abnormalities at early stages.

Source: Medical Health Hub Imaging

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