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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]