It is well known that women with dense fibroglandular tissue in their breasts have an increased risk of breast cancer, compared to the average. Dense fibroglandular tissue in the breast is made up of milk glands and connective tissue. It will appear as areas of white or light grey in mammography images.
A mammogram is a type of X-ray of the breast. Your doctor may order a screening mammogram as a routine check. They can also be a tool for early diagnosis before you start showing symptoms of breast cancer.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Western New York, affecting 1 out of every 8 women Of the millions of women who get their mammogram each year, the vast majority will be told that their results are normal, meaning that the radiologist sees no signs of breast cancer. In these cases, there is no need for follow-up.
Types of mammograms: A screening mammogram is performed at regular intervals to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Screening mammograms have been used since the s. A diagnostic mammogram is used to check for breast cancer when there is a sign or symptom of disease.
Mammogram 2. Ultrasound scan 3. Core biopsy and fine needle aspiration FNA 4.
A 3D mammogram breast tomosynthesis is an imaging test that combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast. A 3D mammogram is used to look for breast cancer in people who have no signs or symptoms. It can also be used to investigate the cause of breast problems, such as a breast mass, pain and nipple discharge.
Some mammogram reports sent to women mention breast density. Your health care provider can also tell you if your mammogram shows that you have dense breasts. In some states, women whose mammograms show heterogenously dense or extremely dense breasts must be told that they have dense breasts in the summary of the mammogram report that is sent to patients sometimes called the lay summary. Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal.
Dense breast tissue is detected on a mammogram. Additional imaging tests are sometimes recommended for women with dense breasts. If a recent mammogram showed you have dense breast tissue, you may wonder what this means for your breast cancer risk.