Do You Have Dense Breasts?
Breasts are made up of different types of tissue, including fat. When there is more tissue than fat in the breasts, the breasts are considered dense. Nearly 50% of women have dense breasts. The problem is that both dense tissue and cancer appear white on mammography which makes detecting cancer difficult in dense breasts with mammography alone. In fact, having dense breasts:
- Increases the risk of developing breast cancer
- Mammography misses almost 50% of cancers in women with dense breasts