New law could help catch more breast cancer
Starting this month in Kentucky, the letter you receive with your mammogram results will tell you whether you have dense breast tissue.
Why does it matter? Dense breast tissue can increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer. It also can make it difficult to detect small tumors. That awareness can help doctors decide if you need additional or more frequent breast cancer screenings.
“Norton Healthcare welcomes this effort to enable women to better manage their health by knowing their own risk factors,” said Natalie G. Stephens, M.D., medical director of the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health Program. “In fact, Norton Healthcare has provided density results in mammography reports for some time.”
The American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology recommend women age 40 and older get a mammogram every year. The current mammography standard is 2-dimensional digital screening. However, newer technology called breast tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography, may more effectively detect cancer, particularly in women with dense breasts. It also can eliminate the need for retesting for some women.
Norton Healthcare makes it easy to check your mammogram off your to-do list. You can schedule a 2-D or 3-D mammogram at one of five convenient locations online or through the Norton Healthcare Mobile Prevention Center.
Norton Breast Health Centers offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment options designed to promote breast health through medical expertise, support services and educational resources.