During each consultation with our medical staff, a discussion of your health and lifestyle along with conducting a physical exam of your breast and pelvis will occur.
Common areas discussed with each consultation are the following:
Women have different types of breast tissue. Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Your breasts are considered dense if you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue, but not much fat. Having dense breast tissue may increase your risk of getting breast cancer.
Dense breasts make it more difficult for doctors to spot cancer on mammograms. Dense tissue appears white on a mammogram. Lumps, both benign and cancerous, also appear white. So, mammograms can be less accurate in women with dense breasts.
Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram. There are four categories of mammographic density. The radiologist assigns each mammogram to one of the categories. Your doctor should be able to tell you whether you have dense breasts based on where you fall on the density scale.
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