According to an article published on HealthDay, new research suggests that adding an ultrasound or MRI scan to breast cancer screening if a woman has dense breasts and at least one other risk factor for breast cancer would increase the number of cancers found.

Dense breast tissue increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, and it also makes screening for breast cancer more difficult with standard mammography, previous research has found.

The addition of ultrasound to screening resulted in the detection of an additional 4.3 cancers per 1,000 women screened, and MRI resulted in an additional 14.7 cancers detected per 1,000 screened on average, according to the results of the new study. These cancers were found before they had spread to nearby lymph nodes.

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