RESEARCH: Dense Breast Tissue: An Independent Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

In addition to the risk of missing cancer on mammography screening because of dense breast tissue, research has also established that breast density is an independent risk factor for breast cancer.

Harris Survey found that 95% of women do not know their breast density and only one in 10 women are told about their breast density from their physician.

Who will tell women about their breast density if we don't?

Here are research studies, starting in 1976 with Dr. John Wolfe, that demonstrate that dense breast tissue is an independent risk factor for developing breast cancer:



Boyd, Martin, Bronskill, et al


Martin & Boyd


Boyd, Guo, Martin et al


Schousboe, Kerlikowske, Loh & Cummings


Arora, King, Jacks et al

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