Women should be told about their breast density when they have a mammogram

Women with higher breast density for their age are more likely to develop breast cancer. High breast density also makes it harder for doctors to detect breast cancer on a mammogram. But Australian women are not routinely tested for and told about their level of breast density when they undergo a mammogram. A woman’s breasts are made up of dense breast tissue and fatty breast tissue. Almost 8% of women aged between 40 and 74 years have extremely high breast density. This means they have more connective tissue and less fat surrounding their glands. Breast density can’t be determined just…
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