Breast Density Matters
What is Breast Density?
Breast density refers to the amount of normal, non-fatty tissue visible in a woman’s breasts. Dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more fibrous and connective tissue. This tissue appears white on a mammogram. Unfortunately, so does cancer; making it difficult to detect a cancer. Radiologists can only determine breast density through mammography.
Breast Density Categories
A – The breasts are almost entirely fatty.
B – There are scattered areas of fibroglandular density.
C – The breasts are heterogeneously dense, which may obscure small masses.
D – The breasts are extremely dense, which lowers the sensitivity of mammography.
What To Do If You Have Dense Breasts
• Conduct monthly breast self-exams.
• Schedule an annual mammogram.
• Obtain a copy of your mammogram report and carefully read the description of your breast density.
• Ask your doctor about your risk factors and potential need for additional screening (ultrasound, breast MRI, etc.).