UW Radiology

New law gives women more insight into their breast density

Any woman who has had a mammogram this year may have noticed that her results report looks a little different from previous years. Since Jan. 1, 2019, facilities such as Seattle Cancer Care Alliance that perform mammograms are required to inform women if they have dense breast tissue.

“Density is important because it’s a risk factor for developing cancer and it also influences breast cancer detection,” says Dr. Janie Lee, director of breast imaging at SCCA. “But the number one message is that having increased breast density does not mean you’re automatically at high risk of developing breast cancer.”

Read the full SCCA blog post here

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