Next Gen Breast Imaging

What is dense breast tissue & how do I know I have dense breasts?

Your breast is is filled with lobules (milk producing glands) and ducts that transport the milk to the nipple when you breast feed. It also contains fatty and fibrous tissue which holds it all together so everything works efficiently. Those fatty and fibrous tissues give your breast its form and shape. Women (and men too) have a unique makeup of fatty and fibrous material. The more fibrous tissue in your breast the more dense it is. The distribution of "fatty" and "dense' in the population looks something like this...

Breast Density Graph

Breast density is typically determined at a young age and is typically initially diagnosed during your first pregnancy and remains long after childbearing age. More than 40% of American women have dense breasts. Breast density is primarily genetic, however hormonal changes and other factors can also have an effect on breast density. High density does make breast cancer more difficult to detect at an early stage. (Some clinical studies show 3 to 6 times higher)

Indiana law requires women who are diagnosed with dense breasts to be notified after a mammogram. You can only tell breast density with a diagnostic evaluation (mammogram, ultrasound or MRI) that has been read by a radiologist.. (Which category are you in? To learn more about Dense Breasts click [Density Classifications].