Breast Density Laws

Physician knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding breast density.

Since 2009, 38 U.S States have passed the breast tissue density notification laws that require facilities to notify women if they have breast dense tissue.

HOWEVER, there is currently no consensus for screening guidelines or recommendations for women with dense breasts.

One study conducted on academic medical centers, community and private practices mostly in New York City assessed the physician views about breast density and their practices for breast cancer screening through anonymous, self-administered surveys.

OUT OF THE 155 RESPONSES

48%

were unaware of the breast density laws.

67%

felt they needed more education about breast density and supplemental screening.

62%

were unaware of the increased risk of breast cancer related to dense breast.

THE RESPONDENTS WERE:

75% – female

77% – attending-level physicians

42% – primary care physicians

28% – radiologists

17% – gynecologists

9% – others

Compared to the specialists, PCP’s were less aware of their state’s breast density laws and of the increased breast cancer risk for women with dense breast.

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