Women with high bone density have an increased risk of breast cancer. High bone density is a marker for high estrogen levels, which are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Knowing your bone density can help determine your overall breast health.
Our Approach to Bone Density Scans: DEXA Scans
Women who have the high hip-bone mineral density (BMD) are more than 60% more likely to develop breast cancer than women with low hip-bone density. One way to be aware of your bone density is through a Bone Densitometry, or dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. DEXA scans measure bone density and evaluate your bone health.
A DEXA scan is a painless, non-invasive way to see a fuller picture of your overall health. Kettering Health recognizes that early detection is the best way to fight cancer, and a DEXA scan can be an important tool to help you understand your risk, seek preventative measures, and enjoy your best health. In addition to its uses in helping assess breast health and related risks, a DEXA scan helps assess a woman’s bone density as it relates to future fracture risk and body composition.
Talk with your doctor about whether you are eligible for a DEXA scan.