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How Dense Are You?

During the month of October, many women find themselves asking this question…and no, it’s not to their husbands! Breast density is rated on a 1-4 scale (4 being the most dense) “using the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) of the American College of Radiology,” and out of all women, about half fall into categories 3 and 4.

What makes dense breasts dense?

Remember breasts are not just for catching the attention of the cute guy across the bar or to drain your wallet with expensive bras; they’re glands, and their primary use is to produce milk.

The fibro-glandular tissue surrounding the milk-producing […]

Breast Density Notification Laws

“The California law mandates written notification to women, after screening mammography, of their tissue density and the need to discuss screening options with their primary care physicians.” When about 50% of women who have a screening have dense breasts, it’s certainly important to understand how that affects the results of that screening.

Most women respond with: “What do I do now?” or “Does this mean that I am likely to get breast cancer?” The answers, respectively, are: talk with your doctor, and no. The whole idea behind offering patients this information is to start the discussion to create an individualized plan […]

Changes for Dense Breasts

Most women know that mammography is the go-to test for breast cancer screenings. However, most women don’t know that dense breasts can diminish mammography sensitivity up to 20%. What happens is the dense breast can obscure cancer during the imaging.

Several states have adopted a new law that requires doctors to notify their patients in writing when they have dense breases, which is a sign to get further testing either as an ultrasound or MRI.

However, about 50% of women undergoing screening have sense breasts. Should the state really be required to send out two million letters a year, and can the […]