What is Breast Density and why does it matter?

Approximately 1 in 2 women have dense breast tissue. It is completely normal, especially in younger women. Breast tissue is considered dense when it contains more fibroglandular (fibers like ligaments, supportive tissue, scar tissue or glands like milk ducts) tissue compared to fatty tissue. Dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on mammograms making it difficult to detect the difference. It is like trying to find a snowflake in a snowstorm.

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How to Be Certain with Dense Breast Tissue?

You’ve been informed by your physician that you have dense breast tissue, so now what? Dense breast tissue and breast cancer appear the same on a mammogram; therefore, there may be cause to consider other secondary screening methods. There are several different options available; it’s important that you speak with your physician to discuss which best suits your needs.

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How to Stay Healthy?

Taking care of your health, and encouraging loved ones to do the same, goes a long way towards lowering your risk of a number of conditions as well as several cancers, including breast cancer. Simple changes that are easy to incorporate into your everyday life can make a big impact on your risk level. While it may be difficult to incorporate and stick with healthy lifestyle choices, in the long run, all the hard work will pay off. 

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Breast density is dependent on several factors, including weight, genetics, age, family history and number of births. (GETTY IMAGES)

How Breast Density Affects a Mammogram

Elaine K. Howley, Contributor
March 21, 2017

Individual variations in breast tissue density can elevate your risk of developing breast cancer. It’s easy to think of breasts as simply mounds of fat on a woman’s body, but they’re much more complex structures than that. Within the breast are a network of glands and ducts that produce and move milk to the nipple […]


Exercise linked to better breast cancer outcomes

Will Boggs MD
February 22, 2017

Several lifestyle changes can improve outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis, but exercise is far and away the best habit to establish, researchers say. Women with breast cancer, whether newly diagnosed or at any time in their “survivorship” phase, need to exercise regularly and avoid weight gain, said Dr. Ellen Warner from Odette Cancer Center […]


New tech weapon aids in war on breast cancer, Mercy first in NYS to acquire imaging tool

Brian Kacharaba
February 22, 2017

Detecting breast cancer at its earliest stage has long challenged doctors. Now, new state-of-the-art technology could make that discovery much easier and save more lives. Mercy Medical Center, in Rockville Centre, announced at a news conference on Feb. 15 that it will become the first hospital in New York State to offer molecular breast imaging, […]

A woman undergoes a free mammogram inside Peru's first mobile unit for breast cancer detection, in Lima March 8, 2012. Enrique Castro-Mendivil / REUTERS

Women Often Skip Mammograms After a False Positive

February 9, 2017

Women often skip recommended mammograms after they get a false-positive result: a reading that looks like cancer at first but that turns out not to be. A study published Thursday confirms this and shows just how often it happens. The report, published by the American Association for Cancer Research, found that 85 percent of women […]

Opinion Leader Quotes

Robin Shermis, MD, MPH, FACR
Robin Shermis MD, MPH, FACR
ProMedica Breast Care
It’s important for women to know that if they have a dense mammogram…she needs more than just a traditional mammogram, she needs to go on to MBI or MRI.
Christine Granfield, MD
Christine Granfield MD
Baptist Health
Molecular breast imaging is the least expensive, and the most specific, meaning if there’s a cancer there, it’s the most likely modality to find it.