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How can breast cancer be detected in dense breasts?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Women who have dense breasts are at an increased risk for breast cancer. Regular mammograms have trouble seeing through denser breast tissue, but an alternative called digital mammography, in combination with an ultrasound or MRI, can help achieve more accurate results. Most women cannot tell on their own if they have dense breasts; a mammography would be the only way to know. Ask your doctor to tell you if you have dense breasts. A monthly breast self-exam is critical, as are regular screenings. This is equally important for all women.

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