Sep 01, 2017 · Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you so you will be informed when you talk with your doctor.Last Revised: October 9, 2017. Fibrocystic breast disease, commonly called fibrocystic breasts or fibrocystic change, is a benign condition in which a woman has painful lumps in her breasts. Read on to learn more about how to Author: Jacquelyn Cafasso.
Breasts contain glandular, connective, and fat tissue. Breast density is a term that describes the relative amount of these different types of breast tissue as seen on a mammogram. Dense breasts have relatively high amounts of glandular tissue and fibrous connective tissue and relatively low amounts. Do your breasts feel tender, sore, or lumpier than usual? You could have a very natural condition called fibrocystic breast changes. Learn the symptoms and when to call the doctor.Author: Annie Stuart.
Likened to “finding a polar bear in a snowstorm,” both lumpy breast tissue and masses can show up in white on a traditional mammogram. We recommend women with fibrocystic breast tissue choose a breast center that offers digital mammography. Digital mammograms address breast tissue density by allowing the radiologist to change the contrast. Breast density is a measure that compares the amount of fatty tissue to the amount of breast tissue on a mammogram. Research has shown that women with dense breasts can be 6 times more likely to develop breast cancer. Learn more about breast density.