Jennifer Montes on Relationship Between Race and MRI Findings

October 1, 2015
Jennifer Montes, MD

Jennifer Montes, MD, New York University Medical Center, discusses the relationship between race and MRI findings of breast cancer screenings.

Jennifer Montes, MD, New York University Medical Center, discusses the relationship between race and MRI findings of breast cancer screenings.

The study was done using NYU Medical Center’s breast cancer database. Montes and other researchers found that African American women had lower breast density, higher body mass index (BMI), and higher levels of obesity than white women.

Asian women had denser breasts and lower BMI than white women.

African American women were found to be expressing more aggressive tumors despite having lower breast density. Perhaps, Montes says BMI and obesity should be considered as risk factors rather than breast density.