A new predictor of breast cancer risk: Breast density

CLEVELAND, Oh -- When should a woman start getting an annual mammogram? Why do women with dense breasts need to be especially careful when getting screened for breast cancer?

Dr. Laura Shepardson is a radiologist with Cleveland Clinic Hospitals and she explained to Fox 8's Kristi Capel why it's so important for a woman to not only know their risk factors for breast cancer, but also to know the density of their breast tissue.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Fox 8 is working with the Cleveland Clinic on a special series of segments helping women learn about new diagnostic tools and breakthroughs in the treatment of breast cancer.

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