Posted 11/12/2018 9:13 AM (GMT -7)
Hi there. You can always ask about genetic testing. Genetic testing probably won’t be warranted if you have no family history of breast cancer. It is $300 or more dollars and often insurance doesn’t cover it. The diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound should be enough. Dense breast tissue just means that a regular mammogram isn’t getting a clear picture. It doesn’t mean that a mass was seen or that cancer is suspected. The diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound should get a clear image. If you are concerned about something being missed, you could ask for an MRI. Again, your insurance my not pay for this unless your doctor says it is warranted. Be very diligent with self breast exams. If you aren’t sure how to do this thoroughly, ask a doctor to show you. Many masses are first detected by us! We must be our own advocates.