Dense Breasts in NY State

We are referring to the new law signed by Governor Cuomo which requires all providers of mammography to inform women of dense breasts. Several other states also have this “dense breast” law.
The letter must read:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mamogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.This information about the result of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness. Use this informaton to talk to your doctor about your own risks for breast cancer. At that time, ask your doctor if more screening tests might be useful, based on your risk. A report of your results was sent to your physician”

So, what would we do with that information?
First, we would like to comment that there is no evidence to prove that dense breasts increase the risk of breast cancer despite the above verbage.

However, you will probably receive a phone call from us telling you about your dense breasts.
Second, there are several breast cancer risks assessment models available to evaluate your lifetime risk of breast cancer. These assessments will take into consideration, your age at first period, your age at the birth of your first child, history of previous biopsies and other factors.Depending on whether your risk is average, slightly elevated or high compared to the “average” woman, we may order a breast ultrasound, and in some cases, a breast MRI may be recommended. Bear in mind that insurance companies may not pay for these tests.
Third, the radiology departments may also automatically call you back for a breast ultrasound if your breasts are dense.

If you have any further questions, please call our office to make an appointment. We will be more than happy to discuss this with you!

You Might Also Enjoy...

Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine?

The HPV vaccine is an excellent way to protect people from viruses that can cause a range of cancers. But it’s not recommended for everyone. Learn whether you should roll up your sleeve for an HPV shot.

Should I Be Concerned About Irregular Periods?

Are your periods too long? Too short? Do they come too frequently or not often enough? Is your bleeding very heavy or very light? Find out whether your irregular periods merit evaluation by a health care provider.

Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Are you noticing changes in your urinary or bowel habits? Are you experiencing unexplained pain? You may have pelvic floor dysfunction. Learn the signs of this common women’s health condition.

Understanding Infertility and How We Can Help

Infertility has a variety of different causes. Fortunately, many of them can be successfully treated. We work with you to evaluate your reproductive health and create a personalized infertility treatment plan.

The Importance of Prenatal Care

Having regular, high-quality prenatal care during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. Learn why it’s so beneficial and how often you should be seen by your provider.