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doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000445584.44898.7d
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Committee Opinion No. 593: Management of Women With Dense Breasts Diagnosed by Mammography

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ABSTRACT: Women with dense breasts have a modestly increased risk of breast cancer and experience reduced sensitivity of mammography to detect breast cancer. However, evidence is lacking to advocate for additional testing until there are clinically validated data that indicate improved screening outcomes. Currently, screening mammography remains the most useful tool for breast cancer detection and has consistently demonstrated a reduction in breast cancer mortality. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not recommend routine use of alternative or adjunctive tests to screening mammography in women with dense breasts who are asymptomatic and have no additional risk factors. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that health care providers comply with state laws that may require disclosure to women of their breast density as recorded in a mammogram report.

© 2014 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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