Top
30
Doctor insights on: Breast Results Were Heterogneously Dense

Share
1

1
53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca. Should the results be trusted because of density.

53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca.  Should the results be trusted because of density.

Probably: If you have no added risk factors such as a history of brca gene positive, strong family history, prior breast cancer, palpable mass etc. Then all you need is annual breast exam/mammogram. Added risk factors may indicate need for MRI and, in that case, you may want to discuss this concept with your doctor. ...Read more

4

4
My friends UTZ result is: in her right breast it has multiple cyst and in her left breast It has hypoechoic solid nodule. What does it mean? Thanks

My friends UTZ result is: in her right breast it has multiple cyst and in her left breast It has hypoechoic solid nodule. What does it mean? Thanks

Cysts: Are a benign finding. A hypoechoic solid nodule is a solid mass. The chance that it is malignant, and the proper recommendation for follow up, depends upon various ultrasound, mammographic, and clinical findings that are not mentioned in the question. How was it described in the report? It could need no follow-up, short interval followup, more imaging, or biopsy. Simply not enough info. ...Read more

5

5
Mammo results Neg have dense breast DR doing ultrasound said have a cluster right breast everything ok and come back for yearly Mammo Cluster means?

Mammo results Neg have dense breast DR doing ultrasound said have a cluster right breast everything ok and come back for yearly Mammo Cluster means?

Good news: Dense breast tissue makes a mammogram less useful; this is why your doctor got an ultrasound as well. It sounds like the ultrasound was normal -- (clusters of dense breast tissue can be normal) -- so all you need to do is return each year to make sure there are no changes and tissue still healthy. ...Read more

6

6
I had a screening mammogram an it came back negative but report says heterogeneously dense breast, what does this mean and how accurate are the result?

I had a screening mammogram an it came back negative but report says heterogeneously dense breast, what does this mean and how accurate are the result?

Dense breasts: "Dense" breasts are normal, but decrease the sensitivity of the mammo for detecting cancers. Some studies show that the sensitivity of mammography in this setting can decrease to as low as 50%. Also, dense breasts are an independent risk factor for developing breast cancer, and cancers discovered in women with dense breasts tend to be more advanced. ...Read more

7

7
Hello Doc... This is the result of my breast ultrasound 2 mos ago. Bilateral breast nodules. The solid irregular nodules in the 12 o'clock, zone a position of the right breast & 5 o'clock, zone a position of the left breast are recommended for ultrasoun

Not sure what the: Question is. Solid nodules with irregular boarders are of concern. It is not clear if this is a short term follow-up or something else. It is not unreasonable to take another looked at the nodules with mammo and ultrasound ...Read more

8

8
Is it normal to have dense breasts at 18?

Is it normal to have dense breasts at 18?

Yes.: Dense breasts are more common in younger women due to hormonal effects. ...Read more

9

9
Breast is rock solid, what's wrong?

Is an area of your: Breast rock solid as in a mass? If yes, then seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

10

10
Can I get breasts implants with dense nodular breasts?

Can I get breasts implants with dense nodular breasts?

Yes: Dense nodular breast are very common, and do not complicate breast augmentation surgery, especially when the breast implants are placed behind the muscle. Dense breast tissue does make it harder to survey for breast cancer, so getting a mammogram/ultrasound before breast augmentation may be helpful. ...Read more

11

11
Does having a Size C breast mean you have small breast therfore chances of having dense breast is higher?

Does having a Size C breast mean you have small breast therfore chances of having dense breast is higher?

No: Most would not consider a size C to be small. It does not mean that one necessarily has dense breast tissue either. ...Read more

12

12
I'm 55 and have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive?

I'm 55 and have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive?

Define INCONCLUSIVE: After having a mammogram, the report should include a follow-up plan, listed as a birads code. This will spell out exactly what the next step should be: immediate further testing (ultrasound, compression mamm, mri), short-term follow-up, biopsy, etc. If you don't have a clear understanding of the next steps, please talk to the doctor who ordered your mammogram or see a breast specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

13

13
I have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive. Should I write my will?

I have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive. Should I write my will?

No: This means that the mammogram did not provide enough information because your breasts a difficult for the x-rays to penetrate. Contact your doctor or radiologist to see what is the next step. Most likely you will need an ultrasound as the next step. When you have cystic breasts, it is common to require additional pictures beyond a mammogram. ...Read more

14

14
What does it mean to have dense breasts?

What does it mean to have dense breasts?

Dense breasts: Are normal, but decrease the sensitivity of the mammo for detecting cancers. Some studies show that the sensitivity of mammography in this setting can decrease to lower than 50%. Also, dense breasts are an independent risk factor for developing breast cancer and cancers discovered in women with dense breasts tend to be more advanced. Some recommend adjunct screening ultrasound or 3D tomosynthesis. ...Read more

15

15
Will fatty replacements make breasts less dense?

Will fatty replacements make breasts less dense?

Yes: As one ages, the breasts become more fatty tissue and less of the dense, firmer 'breast' tissue as is usually more prevalent during the younger years. ...Read more

16

16
I have had some solid mass in my breasts since childhood. There was no pain before. Now geting pain. What to do?

I have had some solid mass in my breasts since childhood. There was no pain before. Now geting pain. What to do?

Get examined!: While breast masses in childhood are usually benign fibroadenomas, when they become painful later in life, they must be check out with an exam and perhaps mammography or ultrasound. Breast masses are sensitive to periods, so they can be more apparent and tender within 7-14 days after your period. Although breast cancer is rare in someone young, don't ignore these symptoms! ...Read more

17

17
I just did a US on both breasts and was told that i have dense breasts. Is it normal and should I be worried? I'm 24, no family history of BC

I just did a US on both breasts and was told that i have dense breasts. Is it normal and should I be worried? I'm 24, no family history of BC

Very common: Many women your age have dense breasts which means that you have more glandular tissue and less fat in your breasts. With no FH of breast cancer your risk should be low. Annual screening with mammography and/or ultrasound should begin around age 40. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

19

19
Does a woman always have dense breast tissue?

Does a woman always have dense breast tissue?

No: This is more common in younger and smaller breasted women. ...Read more

20

20
Is breast parenchyma homogeneously dense normal?

Is breast parenchyma homogeneously dense normal?

Yes : Yes, a homogeneously dense breast on mammogram or ultrasound usually means that nothing is standing out suspiciously. ...Read more

21

21
When you are young what causes firm dense breast tissue?

When you are young what causes firm dense breast tissue?

Normal: Normal breast tissue is firm and dense, and most commonly seen in young patients. ...Read more

22

22
Do pockets of dense breast tissue simply appear and disappear?

Do pockets of dense breast tissue simply appear and disappear?

Yes: The breast is largely glands and fatty tissue. The glands can be more or less dense at various times. ...Read more

23

23
Is there a way to make your breast less dense and fibrocystic?

Is there a way to make your breast less dense and fibrocystic?

No: Unfortunately there is no way to change the substance of your breasts. Some believe reducing, caffine use makes symptoms better but proof is lacking. ...Read more

24

24
What is dense breast tissue? Is it bad to have dense breast tissue?

What is dense  breast tissue? Is it bad to have dense breast tissue?

Breast tissue: Breast are made of milk ducts, supportive tissue and fatty tissue. Women with dense breasts have a higher ratio of supportive tissue to fatty tissue. One is not better than the other. We are all made a little differently ...Read more

27

27
What is the general recommending for women's 40+ years old with dense breast and Mammography test? From what age they need to start?

What is the general recommending for women's 40+ years old with dense breast and Mammography test? 
From what age they need to start?

Age 40: The American Cancer Society and the American College of OB GYN occasionally offer different age start dates, but 40 is appropriate. ...Read more

28

28
I have 2 areas on my breast that where not on my last mammo 6 months ago that r 6mm big. I also have very dense breasts. I am worried.

Serial mammograms: Rarely look exactly the same due to slight positional changes between the studies. What was the radiologist's assessment? A BIRADS diagnostic category must be assigned by the radiologist, this will give you an idea of the level of suspicion: 0(incomplete), 1(negative), 2(benign), 3(suspicious), 4(highly suspicious). 0 means additional views needed. 3 is 95% ...Read more

29

29
Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense breasts Birads 2 Benign finding Dr wants an untrasound I think its pointless Mammo is normal what should I do?

Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense breasts Birads 2 Benign finding Dr wants an untrasound I think its pointless Mammo is normal what should I do?

Trust your doctor: Have a discussion with your doctor about your hesitation. Find out why your doctor wants the US performed. Maybe the clinical examination warrants additional examination. Worse case scenario the US is benign. No radiation. ...Read more

30

30
What does it mean if a new focal asymmetry on screening mammogram "flattened into benign pattern" on diagnostic mammogram? I have very dense breasts.

No abnormality: It generally means that the original appearance on the screening mammogram was due to a coincidental overlapping of normal breast structures, causing the false appearance of a possible abnormality. On the diagnostic images, the overlapping structures spread out and look normal again, proving that the original "abnormality" was not real. A true mass would not flatten or spread out on the diag mammo ...Read more