What it is and what it means for your breast health
You may have heard that some women have what’s called dense breast tissue. In fact this is very common—about half of all women over 40 have dense breast tissue. If your breasts have a lot of glandular and connective tissue, and not much fatty tissue, your breasts may be considered to be dense.
For a definitive evaluation of breast tissue, you need to have a mammogram. On a mammogram, glandular and connective tissue shows as white, and fat shows as black. Depending on the balance of these types of tissue, radiologists classify breast density as follows:
Your breast density status, “dense” or “not dense,” will be stated on the written mammogram report that your doctor receives and on the letter that you receive in the mail within 10 business days of your mammogram.
If you are getting a mammogram at ARA and want to know more,...
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