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Something Every Woman Should Know: Your Breast Density

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 | Comments Off on Something Every Woman Should Know: Your Breast Density

Something Every Woman Should Know: Your Breast Density

In recent months, the issue of “breast density” has received more widespread publicity. This bit of information has been contained all along in your mammogram report, but no one was talking about it and how important this piece of information is in determining the accuracy of a mammogram. Dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more connective tissue which appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also appears white on a mammogram. Thus, tumors are often hidden behind the dense tissue. As a woman ages, her breasts usually become more fatty and less dense. However, this is not always the case, and women who are using hormone therapy after menopause tend to continue to have dense breast tissue.

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