Dense Breasts

Breast density is a measure applied to describe the different densities of all the different tissues that make up a woman’s breasts.

Breasts are made up of:

What are Dense Breasts?

dense breastsIt is estimated that around 40% of women in the United States unknowingly have dense breasts. When you hear the phrase “dense breasts,” it is easy to imagine having breasts that are unusually heavy or hard to the touch. But, breast density is not a measure of how your breasts feel, but of how your breasts look on a mammogram. Having a high breast density means that there is a greater amount of breast and connective tissue compared to the fat content of the breast. If you have a low breast density, you have a more significant amount of fat compared to your breast and connective tissue.

Risk Factors Linked To Dense Breasts

Mammograms of dense breasts are much harder to read than mammograms of fatty breasts, making it more difficult to spot breast cancer. If you have a high breast density, you are almost five times more likely to get breast cancer than women with low breast density.

The two main causes of dense breasts are:

During menopause, hormone changes in your body cause your breast tissue to become less dense. Younger premenopausal women have denser breasts than older women who are postmenopausal.

Diagnosing Dense Breasts

Your doctor will be able to tell you if you have dense breasts by looking at the thickness of the tissue on a mammogram. Your doctor will also ask you about your mother’s breast density. If your mother has dense breasts, it is likely you will also have dense breasts. Still, there is no medical consensus on which method of measuring breast density is the best.

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Dealing with Dense Breasts

dense breastsDense breasts are not preventable, and they have no cure. If you have dense breasts, your chances of developing breast cancer increase by 500% when compared to the likelihood of a woman with non-dense breasts. There are changes in your lifestyle you can make to keep your breast cancer risk as low as possible:

 

Cancer patients, doctors, and even politicians are talking more and more about breast density lately. Breast cancer in general is everywhere; and we are constantly bombarded with the statistic that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. But, what that statistic doesn’t explain is that your risk of breast cancer is different from your best friend’s risk, or your teacher, or your neighbor. Patients with dense breasts often decide to go through with a mastectomy (breasts are completely removed) rather than a lumpectomy (cancer removal surgery that attempts to conserve the breasts). A mastectomy is not always necessary for removing tumors from dense breasts, but most patients prefer it because they know about the higher risk of cancer development in dense breasts, and the difficulty involved in detecting breast cancer in dense breasts. The fear of future breast cancers is enough to make patients choose a mastectomy over a lumpectomy.

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There are thousands of Gynecologists to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. Gynecology takes the knowledge and finesse of an experienced Gynecologist. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Gynecologists – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.

For your peace of mind, Top10MD Gynecologists’ credentials are validated yearly to verify medical licenses have no serious patient care sanctions, current Board Certifications in their given medical specialty, current DEA & DPS licenses, and malpractice insurance. A Top10MD has at least 5+ years experience or has performed 300+ procedures in their given specialty and a current Patient Satisfaction Score of 8.5 or higher.

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