Mammograms and breast density

ADC Menopause and Osteoporosis specialist Michele McDermott, MD spoke with KXANs Erin Cargile about what women should know about breast density and mammograms.

With the passage of Henda’s Law in 2011 doctors have been required to send a letter to women with dense breast tissue following a mammogram.   The law was intended to give women notification that the accuracy of their mammograms is less than that of women with lower breast density, and that they may benefit from additional tests or screenings for breast cancer.

Dr. McDermott explains why dense breasts make it difficult to detect breast cancer on mammograms.   Dr. McDermott and Dr. Catherine Young  (a radiologist with ARA) co-authored an in-depth look at the confusion about Breast Density and Mammograms here.