Dense breast tissue is detected on a mammogram. Additional imaging tests are sometimes recommended for women with dense breasts. If a recent mammogram showed you have dense breast tissue, you may wonder what this means for your breast cancer risk. Doctors know dense breast tissue makes breast cancer screening more difficult and it increases the risk of breast cancer. Review your breast cancer risk factors with your doctor and consider your options for additional breast cancer screening tests.
Breast Density: What Is It And What Does It Mean For Me?
Breast Density and Mammogram Reports | Dense Breast Tissue
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. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you so you will be informed when you talk with your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you.
Mammographic breast density is a strong risk factor for breast cancer
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.
Knowledge of one's fibroglandular breast density is important, because high density increases the risk of cancer and decreases the accuracy of mammograms. A comparision of a small breast cancer found in a patient without dense breast tissue left , and a tumor found in a woman with dense fibroglandular tissue. SecondLook Premier software from iCAD marks potential mass oval and calcifications rectangle on left breast with dense tissue. Hologic offers Quantra volumetric breast density assessment software, which uses details of the X-ray imaging chain to quantify fibroglandular tissue in the breast. It aggregates volumetric measurements from each view in a study into a concise assessment for each breast.