In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2102, informally known as Henda’s Law. Henda’s Law requires that mammography providers notify all women with dense breast tissue that the accuracy of their mammograms is less than that of women with lower breast density, and that they may benefit from “supplemental screening” in addition to their annual mammogram.
Dense breast tissue is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern, but rather to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue.
At the Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center, it is our recommendation that women with dense breasts and increased risk of breast cancer use 3D mammography or 3T MRI as their next step in additional testing as opposed to breast ultrasound.
If you have dense breast tissue:
- Be sure to get your annual screening mammogram starting at age 40.
- Speak with your physician about whether you may be a candidate for supplemental screening such as 3D mammography or breast MRI.