Using education to overcome unequal access to supplemental screening for women with dense breasts

By Dr. A Vourtsis & Dr. W A Berg

Mammography has been proven to reduce deaths due to breast cancer in women aged 40-74; however, there is growing understanding that screening with mammography alone may not be enough in women with higher risk and/or dense breasts. While the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) attributes a 40% reduction in breast cancer mortality to population-based screening [1], breast cancer remains the most prevalent cancer among women across Europe with more than 523,000 new cases each year (after excluding non-melanoma skin cancers), and the third most common cause of cancer death in Europe (after lung and colorectal cancers) [2].

Dense breast screening Vourtsis Berg FebMch2020