Dense Asymmetric Breast Tissue During Baseline Mammogram

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Dense Breasts? Breast Cancer Screening Tools Are Getting Better

It’s long been known that the denser a woman’s breast, the more difficult it is for a standard mammogram to pick up a tumor. On a mammogram, fat tissue is dark colored; breast tissue is light colored, as is a tumor. The less fat in a woman’s breast (the “denser” it is), the harder it is to see cancer on a mammogram. Recent studies have also shown that women with extremely dense breasts are at four to six times the risk for breast cancer as women with non-dense (high-fat) breasts. Thus...

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