You will receive a letter with the results of your mammogram in about five days. A copy will also be provided to the physician you indicate. Your letter will also indicate your breast density.
Oregon State law SB 420 requires that women be told after a mammogram if they have "dense breast tissue". Women with this type of breast tissue may be at higher risk for breast cancer. Every woman who receives a mammogram at Oregon Imaging Centers (or at any clinic in Oregon) will receive information about her breast density in her mammogram results letter.
If you do have dense breast tissue, your letter will also explain the risks of breast cancer and what to do. It will explain that:
- Dense breast tissue makes it harder to see small growths, which may be breast cancer.
- Women with dense breasts may want to have a screening in addition to mammography. Ultrasound and MRI are options for further screening.
- You should talk to your doctor about this. Each care plan depends on your particular medical history.
If you do not have dense breasts, your letter will indicate this. This is for your information only; no action is necessary.