Journal of American College of Radiology - Decade of "Normal" Mammography Reports - The Happygram
"I was stunned that my doctors knew about my dense breast tissue and the effectiveness of mammography but never informed me."
This peer-reviewed article, published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, reviews the history of density reporting legislation and the decades of science on the masking and causal risk of dense breast tissue and responds with science to the critics of disclosing dense breast tissue information to women.
Take Home Points:
Breast Density is the strongest predictor of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer.
To withhold a woman's breast density composition from her, which may affect her health care, is denying her the right to make an informed decision.
The doctrine of informed consent exists independent of a consensus to the challenges of detecting early invasive cancers in dense breasts.
There is no research to suggest that cancers, not visible by mammogram and detected by other screening tests, are less clinically significant.
Voluntary measures will not ensure that every woman receives this critical breast health information.
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*Permission granted from Elsevier Dec. 10, 2014 for posting on website.