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Imaging & Diagnostics

Mammogram and Breast Density

New Hanover Regional Medical Center now provides all patients who have a mammogram with information about their individual breast density classification.  Based on the report, patients will be given a breast density score and information about what this means. Those patients classified as having heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts will be given this information and encouraged to discuss additional screening options with their healthcare providers.

What This Means for Our Patients

The classification does not mean that there is anything wrong with the results. Dense breast tissue is relatively common and found in more than forty percent (40%) of women.  The presence of dense tissue may make it more difficult to detect breast abnormalities and may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. That’s why it’s important to talk to your physician about your individual risk factors and whether any additional screening should be done. All patients should continue to have routine mammography screenings as recommended.

For More Information

We have provided links below that may give you more information and answer some frequently asked questions about breast density. We encourage you to explore the information and talk to your healthcare provider if you have additional questions.


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