PHOENIX -- A new study is shedding light on who may be most vulnerable when it comes to breast cancer.
Arizona Breast Cancer Specialist Dr. Coral Quiet stopped by 3TV where she said research has revealed that women with more breast tissue have higher rates of breast cancer.
Dr. Quiet explained that women with more breast tissue may either be making more estrogen, or not breaking estrogen down as quickly as other women.
Having more breast tissue also makes it more difficult to detect breast cancer. Dr Quiet said women who have more breast tissue might benefit from using ultrasounds or MRIs for screening purposes.
Women who have increased the size of their breasts artificially aren’t among those at a higher risk for breast cancer.
“Artificially acquired larger breasts aren’t at higher risks for developing breast cancer, and that’s been well documented now, and really well researched,” Dr. Quiet stated.
Dr. Quiet recommended that women get their baseline study for breast cancer between the ages of 35 and 40, with yearly examinations after the age of 40.
Women who come from a family with a history of breast cancer will want to begin getting screened when they’re ten years younger than the youngest person in their family to get breast cancer.