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Breast Ultrasound Complements Mammography for Dense Breast Tissue

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Breast UltrasoundIn the past few years there has been a surge in research in improving breast cancer screening. In particular, there has been a special interest in trying to improve detection of breast cancer in women with dense breasts. Studies have shown that performing breast ultrasound, MRI, or molecular breast imaging with a screening mammogram in women with dense breasts have detected more cancers. The drawback is that they also find many more benign masses, leading to more biopsies and false positives.

Breast density legislation is expected to pass in the state of Michigan which will require mammography facilities to inform women who have dense breasts. These women can then have a conversation with their physician about supplemental screening exams to have in addition to a mammogram. This is particularly true in women who have additional risk factors.

The easiest, least costly, and most available test without extra radiation is an ultrasound. Continue reading.


Be Good to Yourself. Get a Mammogram.

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In my breast surgical practice with MidMichigan Health, I have the privilege of caring for women who are being tested and treated for breast cancer. They are some of the strongest, most spirited women, and it is an honor to be a trusted partner with them during their journey.

Every day, they re-convince me that when breast cancer is detected early, it is most easily and successfully treated. Research upholds this observation time and again. So, during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month take care of yourself by having a mammogram.

As women, we are often so concerned about our children, parents and husband’s health that Continue reading.