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Dense breasts on a mammogram? What to know and do

October 1, 2019


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October 1, 2019

“Their analysis found that DBT identified 1.7 more cancers than digital mammography for every 1,000 exams of women with normal breast tissue. For younger women with dense breasts, the advantage of DBT was even greater: 2.27 more cancers were found for every 1,000 women screened.”
what’s the false positive rate? How many insurers cover the cost of this type of mammogram? How many facilities have the equipment needed? Is it just a few facilities in major urban areas or widespread? Not much point in the “solution” if that information isn’t provided as well. It may be the solution isn’t available to a majority of women.

T. Donovan
October 4, 2019

Good points. Suggest you get on the site for National Academy of Medicine, search around for breast cancer research studies and send a query to an author of one study. Usually, members of the Academy are very committed and are likely to respond …if not with the data you name, at least with direction for deeper follow up. I’d copy both the report and your query and include both in your email. Takes a tad more effort, but you’re likely to find that fishing upstream for answers earns dividends.

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