Advanced Ob/GYN Blog

What is dense breast tissue?

In recent years, numerous states have passed legislation that requires mammography providers to inform women when they have dense breast tissue.  It is thought that dense breast tissue may impact a woman’s risk of breast cancer in one of two ways. First, the density of the breasts may decrease the ability to detect cancer on a screening mammogram.  Second, there have been studies showing that dense breast tissue may be an independent, slight risk factor for breast cancer, although others argue that the relationship between breast density and cancer risk is not entirely clear.

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