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Mari King



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This poster discusses how the long-term use of hormonal contraceptives can affect breast density and pathology, and the efficiency of 3-Dimensional (3D) mammography in evaluating dense breast tissue and detecting these pathologies. The results of research on long term use of estrogen-based hormonal birth control and its effect on breast tissue density and the risk of breast cancer, the relationship between breast tissue density and risk of breast cancer, and the efficiency of 3D vs. 2-dimensional (2D) mammography in screening dense breast tissue and identifying breast pathology are presented. Results of the studies show that long-term exposure to hormonal contraceptives and breast tissue density are directly related to the risk of breast cancer. They also support 3D mammography as more efficient and accurate than 2D mammography in evaluating dense breast tissue and identifying breast pathology in dense breasts. The poster emphasizes the importance of annual mammography screening to detect any changes in the breasts, as well as the need for 3D mammography to provide more accurate and efficient imaging of women with dense breasts and those using hormonal contraceptives.

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Medical Imaging


Mammography, Tomosynthesis, Pathology, Hormonal Contraceptives


Medicine and Health Sciences

Evaluating the Effects of Contraceptive Use on Breast Pathology and Tissue Density Using Digital Breast Tomosynthesis



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