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45% of women have Dense-Breast Tissue
50% of all cancer in women with Dense Breast Tissue is missed by mammography
70% of all breast cancer occurs in women with Dense Breast Tissue
85% of women don’t know what type of tissue they have
How can my breasts be dangerous?
45% of women have dense breast tissue, which appears white on a mammogram.
Glandular and connective tissue within the breast is known as the fibroglandular tissue. Fibroglandular tissue blocks the X-ray and appears as a white snow storm image on the x-ray film. The denser the breast the harder it is to see small cancers on a mammography image.
Having dense breasts affects you in two ways:
Increases the chance that breast cancer may go undetected by a mammogram, since dense breast tissue can mask a potential cancer.
Increases your risk of breast cancer, though doctors aren't certain why.
Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound captures cancer tumors as small as 3mm in size.
Mammography is not enough for EARLY DIAGNOSIS in breast tissue that is dense.
How does dense breast tissue affect breast cancer screening?
Dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to interpret a mammogram since cancer and dense breast tissue both appear white on a mammogram. Very dense breasts may increase the risk that cancer won't be detected on a mammogram.
Women with very dense breasts who develop breast cancer are more likely than those with very fatty breasts to have their cancer discovered after a recent normal mammogram.