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Some women in 30s at greater risk for breast cancer

December 17, 2018 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There are certain women in their 30s who are at a greater risk for breast cancer. 

These are women with a personal history of breast cancer and with a family history of breast cancer — in other words, a diagnosis of breast cancer in a mother, daughter or sister.  

There is also a greater risk in women with dense breast tissue. 

A new report based on the study at New York University has found that women with these risks in the 30 to 39 age group might benefit from mammography starting at the age of 30 instead of the age of 40, which is traditionally recommended for the average-risk woman. 

The key to mammography is diagnosing breast cancer early at a stage when it is most curable. This new information is being looked at closely in the American College of Radiology.