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Dense breasts in older women linked to increased risk of breast cancer

The research suggests that some older women may want to take a more personalized approach to breast cancer screening.
The research suggests that some older women may want to take a more personalized approach to breast cancer screening.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – While current guidelines do not recommend routine mammography after age 75, recent research found that older women with dense breasts have a higher risk of cancer and may want to take a more personalized approach to breast cancer screening.

“Most of the research on breast density and breast cancer has been done in younger women and virtually there’s been no research on women age 75 and older in particular and as our population ages it’s important to consider risk factors and continuing or discontinuing screening in this age group,” said Dr. Dejana Braithwaite of the University of Florida Health Cancer Center and a professor with UF’s Institute on Aging.

The study examined data from more than 193,000 women age 65 and older.

Physicians note that not all older women would benefit from screening mammography, especially those with serious medical conditions.

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About the Authors:

Veteran journalist Kathleen Corso is the special projects producer for Local 10 News.

Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.