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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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What does it mean if you have heterogeneously dense breast tissue?

What does it mean if you have heterogeneously dense breast tissue?

Mammography: Current methods of early detection of breast cancer, specifically mammography, don't detect suspicious lumps in heterogenously dense breast tissue as well as in breast with normal tissue density. ...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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Could dense breast tissue mean you must have breast cancer?

No, not necessarily: Dense breasts are a common finding in mammograms of younger females. It is really a physiologic effect of hormones. As women age breasts become less dense. Breast cancer can be more difficult to detect in dense breasts, so an ultrasound examination is often added to mammography in order to get a more detailed look inside the breast. ...Read more

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I have a dense breast tissue in my left breast. I am 17weeks pregnant. What kind of oil can i use for breast massage?Any other home remedy to resolve?

I have a dense breast tissue in my left breast. I am 17weeks pregnant. What kind of oil can i use for breast massage?Any other home remedy to resolve?

I guess I wonder if: there is a real difference between your right and left side. I know of no oil that will reliably penatrate the skin to the breast tissue underneath the skin. HAve you had a breast infection before, have you been pregnant before, have you ever had mastitis? You want to discuss your concerns and have your doctor examine both your breasts and give an opinion to you. ...Read more

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I have tender dense breast tissue confirmed by Doctor. M 17wks pregnant. When will this resolve? This is my 2nd pregnancy. Any home remedies?

I have tender dense breast tissue confirmed by Doctor. M 17wks pregnant. When will this resolve? This is my 2nd pregnancy. Any home remedies?

Examination: The doctor who did your breast exam is in the best position to answer this question. If an abnormality was found then a breast sonogram can be done to evaluate the area. The hormones of pregnancy often cause breast tenderness ...Read more

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Tingly sensation in same nipple. Rarely in other. Ultrasound clear (dense breast tissue). No nipple changes. May occur more often during period. Norm?

Tingly sensation in same nipple. Rarely in other. Ultrasound clear (dense breast tissue). No nipple changes. May occur more often during period. Norm?

Hormonal fluctuation: As long as you were evaluated by a physician and had an imaging test to rule out any masses/cancers, then your symptoms are most likely normal and a result of hormonal fluctuations based on your menstrual cycle. If you'd like, you can prevent/control these changes by using birth control/contraception. Feel free to consult for more information on this and a prescription if needed. ...Read more

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What kind of breast lump (found by GP along with swollen lymph node) would not show up on US or mammo? Scans showed I have very dense breast tissue.

What kind of breast lump (found by GP along with swollen lymph node) would not show up on US or mammo? Scans showed I have very dense breast tissue.

Neither: mammography nor ultrasound are 100% accurate for detecting cancer. In particular, the sensitivity of mammo can drop to lower than 50% in dense breasts. A small percentage of cancers are found only on physical exam, and not seen on mammo or US. However, the chance of a lump being cancer in the setting of a negative mammo and ultrasound is low, approx. 0.5%-3%. ...Read more

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I have been having twinges in my left breast. Have had mammo, ultrasound & mri. All normal. Breast tissue dense. Concerned about breast cancer. What followup do you recommend? Tests were done last August.

I have been having twinges in my left breast.  Have had mammo, ultrasound & mri.  All normal.  Breast tissue dense.  Concerned about breast cancer.  What followup do you recommend?  Tests were done last August.

Twinges: First it is great news that all of the testing has been normal to this point. I know it is frustrating not having an answer about the cause of the twinges. I would imagine repeating the mammogram in 3-6 months would be reasonable. If there is an early breast cancer (which there doesn't seem to be) you would be catching it early, when it's very treatable. Would need more info about twinges... ...Read more

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What is asymmetrical breast tissue?

What is asymmetrical breast tissue?

Different: Asymmetrical breast tissue refers to an obvious difference in the contour of one area of the breast compared to the rest of the breast or it refers to an obvious difference between the two breasts. ...Read more

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Can you lose breast tissue after nursing?

Can you lose breast tissue after nursing?

Breasts post nursing: A woman's breast becomes larger with nursing and will become relatively smaller after stopping nursing. The breast will likely be slight larger than before you nurses but similar size. ...Read more