Mammograms can sometimes fail to detect tumors in women who have a higher breast density. As a result, the FDA said it’s planning new regulations for informing women about their tissue type and screening options.

In the U.S., 38 states already require some level of breast density notification after a mammogram.

In NC, every patient must receive information that identifies the patient’s individual breast density classification (fatty, scattered, heterogeneously dense or extremely dense). Patients with heterogeneously dense or extremely dense receive a specific notification.

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