Posted: 4 October, 2016
Mammograms May Miss Tumours
Additional screening needed for some women!
Medical experts are warning that the traditional screening methods to detect breast cancer, may not actually pick up the deadly disease.
A group of senior Aussie researchers from five universities and cancer clinics say that mammograms may miss cancer, because they struggle to detect tumours in women with dense breast tissue.
Dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more non-fatty tissue, such as more glands that make and drain milk, compared to breasts that aren’t dense.
University of Adelaide’s breast cancer researcher Associate Professor Wendy Ingman told the Herald Sun, “women with dense breasts are four to six times more likely to develop breast cancer.”
“On a mammogram, breast density is shown as white and bright regions. But unfortunately, potential tumours are also shown as white and bright on a mammogram,” she says.
“With the technology currently available, it is harder to see tumours in breasts with denser tissue on a mammogram. The danger is that these women are at risk of having tumours missed at the time of screening,” Associate Professor Ingman says.
So what can women do to safeguard against this type of cancer?
Experts are urging ladies to CONTINUE having mammograms but also ask their doctor if they have dense breast tissue.
If your GP detects denser breasts, a supplementary doctor’s exam is recommended and additional screening through an ultrasound or MRI.
You can get more information on breast cancer here.