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Breast Health: Get Your Grade

Nov 3, 2011

Women with dense breasts have five times the risk of developing breast cancer as those who don't, according to new research.

 

A review of breast cancer cases revealed that a substantial 16% were linked to density in at least half of the breast, say researchers at the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research in Toronto. "That makes it a more potent risk factor than family history of the disease," says study author Norman Boyd, MD.

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Dense breasts have more tightly packed milk glands and ducts than other women's. You can't judge by size or feel, so take these steps:

 

Learn Your "Density Grade"

Your radiologist provides a rating on your mammogram report:

"1" indicates no dense tissue;

"2" means at least one dense area;

"3" indicates dense tissue in 50 to 75% of your breast;

"4" means dense tissue in more than 75%.

 

Consider More (Or Better) Tests

If you score a 3 or 4, consider other tests. A mammogram plus an ultrasound catches 97% of cancers in this tissue, and digital mammograms find 15% more positive cases than regular films. Also ask about an MRI scan.






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