Study urges more Individual Mammogram Guidelines - Screening for breast cancer should be based on factors beyond age, the new research argues, such as breast density, family history and other personal risk factors.
Some women should be getting mammograms every years while others should not. Such an approach is possible because of new research showing that the risk of cancer is higher with dense breast tissue, which has less fat, Dr. Cummings said.
"Breast density is the strongest risk factor that we know of, stronger than age and family history," said Dr. Cummings.
"We're able to analyze the relationship between breast density and the risk of getting breast cancer very, very accurately."
Read the original research- Personalizing Mammography by Breast Density and Other Risk Factors for Breast Cancer: Analysis of Health Benefits and Cost-Effectiveness.
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