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Dense-breast notification letters are confusing, study shows

Research we’re watching Dense breasts can mask cancer on a mammogram and are an independent cancer risk factor. However, there is no evidence to indicate that women who have dense breasts should have additional tests. In about half of U.S. states, women who have dense breasts receive a notification letter to that effect in addition to the results of their screening mammograms. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine analyzed the letters…

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