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Breast density is common. Almost half of all women have varying degrees of dense breast tissue. It simply means you have a higher ratio of glandular to fatty tissue.
However, early detection with mammography can be a challenge for women with dense breasts. Glandular tissue appears white on a mammogram, but so does cancer. A small tumor is easier to spot on the darker background of a fatty breast mammogram, but more difficult on the white background of a glandular or fibrous breast mammogram.
Mammography is the gold standard for breast screening, and eventually, a mammogram would find these cancers when they grow larger over time. However, since doctors and women’s health advocates universally agree that earlier detection is the key to survival, women with dense breasts require a supplemental screening option, such as Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (ABUS).
What is a dense breast?
Breast tissue is made up of varying mixtures of fatty tissues, glandular components, lymphatics and blood vessels.
Breast tissue is categorized by mammography in four classifications: