Frequency of Breast Cancer Screening is Best Guided by Both Risk, Breast Density, Says Study – UCSF

breast-scanThe ideal interval for breast cancer screening depends on combined assessments of each woman’s breast cancer risk and her breast density, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco and University of Wisconsin (UW) researchers. The research team, members of two nationwide breast cancer research networks, found that women at high risk who also have dense breast tissue may benefit from annual screenings – more frequent than current guidelines, which call for mammograms every two years – while women at average risk with low breast density would be best served by screenings every three years. Women with average risk and high breast density would do equally well with screenings every two or three years. [read on]

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