Dense breast tissue: what you need to know
Diagnosing dense breast tissue
Having firm or large breasts doesn’t automatically mean that you have dense breasts. In fact, the only viable way to determine if your have dense breasts is through a mammogram or x-ray given by your doctor. While the diagnosis isn’t uncommon or life threatening, it is important to understand the risks associated with dense breasts – the more dense a women’s breasts are, the more difficult it is for doctors to identify cancerous lesions. Your physician may need to use different imaging techniques such as MRI to differentiate between dense tissue and tumors.
While there is no way to prevent dense breasts, there are steps that you can take to help lower your risk of breast cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in physical activity on a regular basis, decreasing your alcohol intake and obtaining from smoking are great ways to help reduce your risk of breast cancer. It’s also important to stay up to date on mammogram screenings and to identify and discuss any family history of breast cancer with your doctor.
Talk to your OB-GYN to learn more about dense breasts and how you can help lower your risk of breast cancer. The board-certified physicians at Women’s Care Florida are dedicated to keeping you healthy. Contact us today to make an appointment for a mammogram screening.