Study Suggests Dense Breast Tissue Isn’t Always a High Cancer Risk

“Study Suggests Dense Breast Tissue Isn’t Always a High Cancer Risk,” by Denise Grady, The New York Times.

Not only is breast density linked to an increased risk of cancer, it also makes cancer harder to detect because dense tissue can hide tumors from X-rays. But the new research indicates that not all women with dense breasts are at very high risk.

A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that only about half of women with dense tissue are at such a high risk that they need extra tests. Instead of looking at density alone, women and their doctors should also consider other risk factors when making decisions about additional screening, the researchers concluded.

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