Special treatment for dense breasts under review

Breast density should not be the sole criterion for deciding whether supplemental imaging is justified because new evidence suggests not all women with this characteristic are at increased risk.

While it’s well established that high breast density increases cancer risk and can mask tumours, researchers have found that only those with heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts, or women with different patterns of breast density, should be routinely given supplemental screening.

Their US-based cohort study of more than 350,000 women aged 40 to 74 shows digital mammography