J Korean Soc Radiol.  2015 Nov;73(5):279-286. 10.3348/jksr.2015.73.5.279.

Breast Cancer Screening in Korean Woman with Dense Breast Tissue

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. docshin@amc.seoul.kr
  • 2Department of Radiology, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Asian women, including Korean, have a relatively higher incidence of dense breast tissue, compared with western women. Dense breast tissue has a lower sensitivity for the detection of breast cancer and a higher relative risk for breast cancer, compared with fatty breast tissue. Thus, there were limitations in the mammographic screening for women with dense breast tissue, and many studies for the supplemental screening methods. This review included appropriate screening methods for Korean women with dense breasts. We also reviewed the application and limitation of supplemental screening methods, including breast ultrasound, digital breast tomosynthesis, and breast magnetic resonance imaging; and furthermore investigated the guidelines, as well as the study results.


MeSH Terms

Asian Continental Ancestry Group
Breast Neoplasms*
Breast*
Female
Humans
Incidence
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Mass Screening*
Ultrasonography
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