Breast density, and how it affects the detection and treatment of breast cancer, is increasingly becoming a topic of discussion amongst patients, doctors and even politicians. Recent legislation passed in many states, including California, now require mammography centers to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue.
Dense breast tissue is made-up of more connective tissue than less dense, or fatty, breast tissue. As a result, dense breast tissue appears more white on a mammogram, making it harder to identify some cancers. Equally important is the four-fold increased rate of breast cancer associated with increased breast density. That is to say that not only is it harder to detect breast […]