Breast density measures the amount of fatty, glandular and fibrous tissue in the breast. A dense breast consists of more glandular and fibrous tissue than fat. It is not a measure of breast firmness; therefore, a mammogram is the only way to determine your density. Dense tissue is relatively common and found in more than forty percent (40%) of wome...
What is breast density & why does it matter?
Radiologist Dr. Craig Hanson speaks about the importance of knowing your breast density and getting regular breast screenings.
How Effective Are Breast Density Notification Laws?
In recent years, the potential health risks associated with dense breast tissue have become a major topic of conversation among radiologists and other health care providers.
What does my breast density mean?
Every screening mammogram report should include an assessment for breast density. It may include a callback letter requesting you return for further evaluation. Mammographically, the breasts are ma…
Breast Density: How to See Clearly Through The Fog
It's Breast Cancer Awareness month, but unfortunately for me, I've been all too aware of breast cancer since my own diagnosis in January of 2013. My s...
How breast density affects cancer risk
Even the most experienced radiologists using highly sensitive 3D mammography have a hard time detecting cancer in dense breast tissue.
Why you should know your breast density
Mammograms can depict the density of a woman's breast tissue and help diagnose breast cancer. Medical Director of the Seattle Breast Center Craig Hanson and patient Kristin Lamson discuss the process.
Breast Density: What is it and why does it matter?
All women are still advised to first have a mammogram. However, if you have highly dense breasts and other risk factors, such as a family history of breast cancer, your doctor may advise you to have additional screening performed.
Breast Density 101: What It Is And What It Means
Women with dense breasts are 6 times more likely to develop breast cancer during their lifetimes. It’s a statistic that most of us know about, but knowing this isn’t the same as understanding it. Let’s take a look at the facts behind breast density and see what that means for you.
Should you worry about that breast density letter?
Last year, a new law went into effect in Minnesota about breast tissue density and fibroglandular densities. It requires your health care provider to inform you if your annual mammogram shows that you have dense breasts. Why is this important? Having dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to see breast cancer on a mammogram.
How Breast Density Affects Your Cancer Risk
A UW Health radiologist explains how dense breast tissue can affect a woman's breast cancer risk.
6300-101 Breast Density: Why It Matters
The two greatest risks for developing breast cancer are being female and getting older. But type of breast tissue should also be considered when personalizing a plan for your patientâs breast cancer screening exam Not only has breast density long been known to mask breast cancer on mammography, but breast density is an independent risk factor for the development of breast cancer. Increasing awareness about the…
Why Breast Density Matters When It Comes to Mammography
Happygram the movie reveals the oft-ignored side of breast cancer screening with mammography - the fact that more often than not, it fails to identify cancer.
What Women Should Know About Breast Density
Dense breasts reduce the effectiveness of mammograms and increase the risk for breast cancer. Dr. Sally Herschorn explains why, and talks about a new law that will help women find out if they are in this category.
How clear are breast density notification letters?
Are breast density notification letters understandable to the women who receive them? Not so much, according to a study published April 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that the readability and understandability of these letters did not match average state literacy levels.
Breast Density: What It Means For Your Mammogram and Breast Cancer Screening
Breast density is a common topic when it comes to screening mammography. If you have questions about breast density, you are not alone, and the next few paragraphs may have some of the answers What is Breast Density? All breasts contain glands and fat. The amount of glands a breast has compared with the amount of fat is called breast density. A breast with more glands and little fat is considered a dense breast, and a breast with fewer glands and more fat…
Google it: What search trends tell us about breast density knowledge
Google Trends, a feature of the search engine that allows users to track the frequency of searches, can offer insights into the general public’s information-seeking behavior on the topic of dense breasts, according to a study published online this month in Academic Radiology.
LDCT could offer a new way to measure breast density
Low-dose CT (LDCT) may have another benefit in addition to lung cancer screening: breast density assessment, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
What to Know About Breast Density and Your Breast Cancer Risk
Do you know if you have dense breasts? Here’s why it matters.
How do breast density laws affect radiology practice?
Since 2009, 28 states have enacted breast density notification legislation -- a victory, say women's health advocates. So how are radiologists reacting, particularly in regard to assessing breast cancer risk and offering supplemental imaging? With caution, according to a new study published in The Breast Journal.