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FDA proposes first changes to mammography standards in 20 years
Modern Healthcare

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed an update to mammography standards that would require providers to report breast density information to women after undergoing screening. Experts say that could more frequently detect breast cancer in its earlier stages.

The agency on Wednesday issued its first proposed change in 20 years to regulations governing mammography facilities. Providers would need to explain to patients how breast density can affect the accuracy of a mammogram. Dense breasts are considered at higher risk of developing breast cancer and can make it more difficult to detect the disease through a mammogram.