Breast Density & Dense Breast Tissue

Q: What is breast density and what should a woman know about it?
A: Women’s breasts are a mixture of dense breast tissue and fatty tissue (which is less dense). Breast density cannot be determined in a physical exam, only by imaging. Even with the best screening digital mammography, dense breast tissue can be hard to “see through.” This means that the ability of mammography to find cancers is somewhat reduced in women with dense breast tissue. Breast density tends to vary over a woman’s lifetime, becoming less dense after menopause. An estimated 66 percent of premenopausal women and 25 percent of postmenopausal women have a breast density that interferes with mammogram accuracy. In addition to this challenge, very dense breast tissue has been shown to put a woman at a small increased risk for developing breast cancer. The bottom line is that extra vigilance is needed in women with dense breast tissue and many believe that, along with her doctor, the woman herself should be routinely informed, in plain language, about her breast density.

Q: If she is told she has dense breast tissue, what should a woman do?
A: Dense breast tissue is very common, not abnormal, and not a reason to become alarmed. If you have dense breasts, you should talk to your doctor about your personal breast cancer risk number and personal risks for breast cancer. You should fully explore the options available to you including asking your doctor if more breast screening tests might be useful, based on your risk. Every woman is different, but your doctor may recommend you consider supplemental screening tests. There is a great resource available from the American College of Radiology.

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, Dec 30, 2017
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, Jan 8, 2018
The new machine was much better than what was previously experienced.
, Nov 27, 2017
I have to have X-rays every time I see the doctor due to the injuries. And I go here because he can access these fries office. This time it was a much better experience. It seems though they aren’t all on theme page. I always request a Cd of the XRays and the X-ray tech gave nepme a green card and said give it to the receptionist, she’ll write you name on it and hold it al the counter so she remembers she is waiting for it.....I tell thee ratio it’s this, she takes a sticky note , writes my last name on it and places it on her desk which is floating in papers.....the card you take out there is bright green and about 5x8...if she’d kept that she could hand it it worked out....but why doesn’t the left hand know what the right hand is doing. And which one of them intend the X-Ray tech was the manager of the department......so
, Dec 5, 2017
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