DENVER – The FDA has proposed new rules on mammograms on Wednesday stating that women need to be informed if they have dense breast tissue.
The FDA wants mammography providers to inform these patients They have a higher risk of cancer and tell them that dense tissue can make tumors more difficult to detect. In addition, these women should inquire with their doctor about the possibility of additional tests, including MRI or ultrasound.
"Women with dense breasts are at higher risk for breast cancer and it's harder to spot," said Joyce Moore at Sky Ridge Medical Center.
She believes communication is the key, and patients need to be informed to make good decisions.
"We want to investigate them more intensively, ie get more imaging studies like an ultrasound or an MRI. And I think the FDA finally recognizes that it is appropriate to do so, "Moore said.
Right now, many MRIs and ultrasounds are not insured in the same way as mammograms, but many people hope that rule will lead to change.
"Now that the FDA has come out and said, 'yes, breast density is important', hopefully the insurance companies will cover these tests and it will not be that difficult for them Moore said.