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More screens from breast density laws may hike false cancer reports
Modern Healthcare

Laws in about a dozen states that require radiologists to notify patients if they have dense breast tissue have raised questions about the utilization of new supplemental screening techniques for breast density and how radiologists identify density levels.

Women with dense breast tissue are more likely to get cancer than those with fatty tissue. There is also a higher risk that their cancers may be missed because denser tissue can mask tumors in a mammogram. About 40 million women in the U.S. undergo mammograms each year. About 40% of women are estimated to have dense breast tissue.