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Doctor insights on: Dense Breast Tissue Pain

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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

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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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

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I have small breasts-- does this mean I have/will have dense breast tissue ?

I have small breasts-- does this mean I have/will have dense breast tissue ?

Not necessarily: the breast are made up of breast tissue and fat cells. the percent of each are variable. So small breast do not mean dense breast simply small ...Read more

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Can an area of dense breast tissue just appear within a year of a mammogram and can the area disappear?

Can an area of dense breast tissue just appear within a year of a mammogram and can the area disappear?

Yes: Dense breast tissue can come and go depending on when the mammogram was performed as it relates to your menstrual cycle. Changes in weight can also effect breast density as well as the technical issue of how much the breast was compressed (squeezed) when the mammogram was performed. Lots of variables. ...Read more

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What is breast tissue dense breast tissue pleaz help got my mammogram back it said I have dense breast tissues what is that?

What is breast tissue dense breast tissue pleaz help got my mammogram back it said I have dense breast tissues what is that?

Dense Breasts: Dense breasts are common in younger women. It is a term meaning that you have more fibrous tissue and not much fatty tissue. It is common and not considered abnormal. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between dense breast tissue and a lump?

Breast self exam: If you are performing breast self exam monthly, then you will get know what your normal lumps feel like. Once you are familiar with your normal, an abnormal lump will feel different. If you have any question, call your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell what this mean please?"breast tissue is heterogeneously dense, which may obscure detection of small masses"

Can anyone tell what this mean please?"breast tissue is heterogeneously dense, which may obscure detection of small masses"

Normal: It sounds like a mammogram report. Detection of masses on a mammogram is easy in women whose breast tissue has been replaced in various proportions by fatty tissue - which happens with age. Denser breasts means there is less fatty tissue and more fibro-glandular tissue, more common in younger women, or older women who take hormones. A mass is easier seen in breasts that are not dense. ...Read more

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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

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