Here’s what women age 40+ should know about breast density, breast cancer risk, and breast MRI.
- Nearly half of women have dense breasts, which means their breasts have more glandular than fatty tissue.
- Women with dense breasts have up to three times higher breast cancer risk, depending on the level of breast tissue density.
- Most women who have dense breast tissue don’t know it, even though New Jersey law requires a breast density notification in mammogram reports.
- Dense breast tissue makes breast cancer harder to find in a mammogram, even though the annual mammogram is the gold standard in early detection for all women.
- Screening breast MRI in addition to mammograms can detect up to three times more early-stage breast cancer compared to a mammogram alone.
- Some health insurance plans, but not all, cover supplementary screening breast MRI for women with dense breast tissue.