Breast Density Information
What is breast density?
Breasts are made up of fibrous and glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Your breasts are considered dense if you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat. Density may decrease with age, but often there is little change in most women.
How do I know if I have dense breasts?
Breast density is determined when the radiologist reads your mammogram. There are four categories of mammographic density. Nevada Revised Statute 457.1857 requires patients to be notified if they have dense breast tissue. RDC includes your density category in your mammogram report.
What are the categories of breast density?
There are four categories: Fatty, Scattered Fibroglandular, Heterogeneously Dense and Extremely Dense.
What are the risks if I have dense breasts?
Cancers are harder to find in the mammogram of dense breast tissue because both the tissue and cancer show up white. Women with dense breasts may have an increased risk of breast cancer. Traditional 2D mammography is less sensitive for detecting cancer.
What should I do if I have dense breasts?
If you have dense breast, start by talking with your doctor about your screening options. Together, you can discuss if additional screening may be right for you.
What are some of the additional exams available if I have dense breasts?
3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis) works by capturing multiple images of the breast, from several angles. The images create a layered 3D breast image. Whole Breast Ultrasound (WBUS) is an ultrasound examination of both breasts that can find small cancers that traditional mammography may miss.
Where can I find more information on dense breasts?
Please visit http://www.breastdensity.info/