Breasts are made of fat and glands that make milk (glandular tissue), held together by fibrous tissue. The more glands and fibrous tissue compared to fatty tissue that a woman has, the "denser" her breast tissue. Density may decrease with age, but for most women, there is little change over time.
How do I know if I have dense breasts?
Breast density can be determined by the radiologist or computer software and can change year-to-year. There are four categories of mammographic density with categories A and B being "not dense" and categories C and D being "dense".
Why is breast density important?
If I have dense breasts, do I still need a mammogram?
Yes. A mammogram is the only medical imaging screening test proven to reduce breast cancer deaths. Many cancers are seen on mammograms even if you have dense breast tissue.
What should I do if I have dense breasts?
Please talk to your doctor about additional screening examinations (please see supplemental screening section below).
Talk to your provider regarding your breast cancer risk and whether additional imaging tests can be beneficial.
The Family Risk Assessment Program (FRAP) is designed to assist individuals with a personal or family history of cancer to understand how hereditary factors may contribute to cancer risk and how that risk can be reduced and/or managed.
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