A new medical study appears to show a link between women with dense breasts and a higher risk for breast cancer. While the correlation between dense breast tissue and cancer risk has been proven, there is still more research to be done, according to a medical radiologist for OSF HealthCare.

Dr. Guingrich says women need to be vigilant and recommends women get a mammogram every year starting at age 40. She suggests women ask for a 3D mammogram, which allows radiologists to get a more in-depth look.

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She says breast ultrasound or an MRI are other effective screening methods, although the expensive MRI option may not be covered by insurance in some cases. In addition to educating women about the need for screening mammograms, being able to get one easily and in a timely manner is just as important. With the use of digital mammography, a typical screening mammogram takes 30 minutes or less.

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