Dr. Parvin Peddi, Director of Medical Oncology, and Professor of Medical Oncology at Saint John’s Health Center and Saint John’s Cancer Institute Discusses New FDA Regulations on KCAL News.
Dr. Parvin Peddi speaks with KCAL News and informs viewers of the risk associated with denser breasts, which depends on age and genetics. “When a woman is defined as having denser breasts, that happens when a radiologist looks at the mammogram and the mammogram looks whiter, and cancer also looks white. When you have a background that looks whiter, it can be harder to see small masses–that’s just one problem. The other problem is, a woman with denser breast has a higher risk of breast cancer, period. Not only do they have a higher risk for breast cancer, but they also have tissue that makes it harder to read mammograms.”
Dr. Parvin Peddi discloses that this new FDA guideline was nothing new for Californians. “This has been the law in California…but was not universally adopted before this new FDA approval came out. Now all states are required to have it.”
“Women should have mammograms every year and ask their doctor if additional screening is needed because of their breast density.”
Dr. Peddi advises for women to talk to their doctor who have denser breast. On your yearly mammograms the results should say how dense your breasts are, and if they are denser than average, a mammogram may not be enough, and you may require additional testing.
What are the new FDA Regulations for Mammography?
- Must notify patient of breast density.
- Found in about half of women screened.
- Associated with higher risk of breast cancer.
Listen to Dr. Parvin Peddi on KCAL News 03/10/2023
KCAL NEWS: Dr. Parvin Peddi, director of Breast Medical Oncology at Providence Saint John’s in Santa Monica, discusses new FDA regulations regarding breast exams.