Study Questions Screening Policy on Mammographically-Dense Breasts in Women

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, wants a policy revamp on screening guidelines for the women who fall in this category.

For the first time, a new study published in the September 2014 Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) and led by Brian Sprague, PhD, a University of Vermont (UVM) assistant professor of surgery and member of the Vermont Cancer Center, estimates the number of women in the United States for whom breast density notification legislation would potentially impact. The study was conducted with the National Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium and utilizes data from breast cancer screening registries based at the University of Vermont, the Group Health Research Institute (Seattle, WA), the University of North Carolina, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, the University of California-San Francisco, and the University of New Mexico.

Given their findings, Sprague and his research team are asking policy makers to consider the large number of women who fall into the category of having mammographically-dense breasts in the US as they debate breast density notification legislation and screening recommendations.

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Source: The University of Vermont