Yes. A “negative,” “benign,” or “normal” mammogram report does not mean cancer is not there. The denser the breast, the more likely it is that a cancer will not show on a mammogram.
|Category of Breast Density||Percent of Cancers That Will Not Show on a Mammogram|
Rev. March 2022
Cancer can still be there even if the mammogram report is “normal.” You may want to have an additional screening test after your mammogram to help find cancer. These tests might include one of the following: Ultrasound, MRI, contrast-enhanced mammography or molecular breast imaging (MBI). If your mammogram shows dense breasts, talk with your health care provider about whether you should have an additional screening test after your mammogram.
For more information, see Q+A, “What are screening options after my mammogram?”
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- Video Series: Let’s Talk About Dense Breasts
- Patient Risk Checklist (print)
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2. Wanders JO, Holland K, Veldhuis WB, et al. Volumetric breast density affects performance of digital screening mammography. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2017; 162:95-103