Federal law mandating comprehensive care of breast cancer patients
It’s hard to see cancer in dense tissue.’” How Dense Breast Tissue Masks Cancer Breast density is classified by radiologists into four categories, ranging from all fatty tissue to extremely dense with very little fat, according to the American Cancer Society.
Up to 40 percent of women worldwide have dense breast tissue, according to AYD.
“Fibroglandular tissue appears white on a mammogram and breast cancer appears white on a mammogram so it can mask or hide cancer in women with dense breast tissue,” said Dr.
There is also no consensus within the scientific community on the relationship between breast density and cancer risk,” ISMS wrote in a 2014 report to its members.
“Furthermore, there is no reliable method for assessing breast density, and no clinical guidelines that recommend additional screening solely on the basis of high breast density.” Guidelines from the ACS or American College of Radiology do not address supplemental mammography screenings with ultrasound as of yet, Spear said.
Beyer is now on a crusade to get a breast density notification law passed in Illinois. “It’s already in the mammography report to the doctor but unless the doctor tells you it’s kept from you.” Across the country, 31 states have mandatory breast density notification laws, according to Are You Dense, Inc.