Some mammogram reports sent to women mention breast density. Your health care provider can also tell you if your mammogram shows that you have dense breasts. In some states, women whose mammograms show heterogenously dense or extremely dense breasts must be told that they have dense breasts in the summary of the mammogram report that is sent to patients sometimes called the lay summary. Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal.
Dense Breasts: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Dense Breasts: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions - National Cancer Institute
Breasts that are dense have more gland tissue that makes and drains milk and supportive tissue also called stroma that surrounds the gland. Having dense breasts has been linked to a much higher risk of breast cancer. At the same time, having dense breasts also can make it harder for mammograms to detect breast cancer. Twenty-one states have laws requiring women be notified if they have dense breasts and that the women be advised to talk to their doctor about additional screening tests. A study suggests that only about half of women with dense breasts have a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer. The researchers said that women and their doctors should consider other risk factors in addition to breast density when making decisions about screening plans. The study was published online on May 18, by the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Jump to navigation. Most women appreciate the importance of regular mammograms in detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage. In particular, researchers have published two statistics that have aroused great concern: a the finding that women with dense breast tissue are 4.
Breast density is a proportional measure of the glandular, connective and fatty tissues within a woman's breasts. It is most commonly determined using mammography, a diagnostic test that uses low dose x-rays. Having dense breasts is not an abnormal condition; in fact, about half of all women over 40 have dense breasts.