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Mammograms are an important early detection tool – and the best screening option – for breast cancer. During your mammogram your doctor will be able to learn more about your breasts, such as the density of your breast tissue. If it’s discovered during your mammogram that you have dense breast tissue, what does it mean?
Dense breast tissue refers to the mixture of fibrous, glandular tissue and fatty tissue within the breast. Breast tissue is considered dense if you have more of the fibrous and glandular tissue, but not much fat.
Georgia Spear, MD, Director of NorthShore’s Clinical Breast MRI Program, provides the following information about dense breast tissue:
If you have dense breast tissue, you should talk with your physician about whole breast ultrasounds. Together, you and your physician can determine if any additional screeningis right for you.
You can also make an appointment in the High Risk Breast Program to schedule a personalized breast risk assessment. Your physician and the staff in the High Risk Breast Program at NorthShore can determine which screenings are appropriate for you.
When was your last mammogram? Do you have your next one scheduled?