BREAST IMAGING » High Risk Patient Screening
There are factors that may place you at increased risk for breast cancer, including a family history of the disease, previous chest radiation treatment for cancer, or have dense breasts.
Your breast are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular and fatty tissue. If you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat, then your breasts are considered dense. Having dense breast tissue may increase your risk of getting breast cancer. Dense breasts also make it more difficulty for radiologists to spot cancer on mammograms. Studies have shown that ultrasound, MRI, and tomosynthesis can help find breast cancers that can not be seen on a 2D digital mammogram.
Know Your Risk
Breast cancer risk assessment identifies the small percentage of women who are at risk for breast cancer. We use the Tyrer-Cuzick statistical model for all women referred to our breast imaging centers. This model estimates the percentage chance that a patient will develop breast cancer in her lifetime using age, weight and height, personal risk factors, family history, family history of cancer, family risk factors and hormone replacement therapy. A high risk number does not mean a woman would certainly get breast cancer, but they should be offered more intensive high risk screening, including ultrasound, MRI, and/or tomosynthesis.
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