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Doctor insights on: Scattered Fibroglandular Densities In Breast

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Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you. ...Read more

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What exactly is scattered fibroglandular breast density. What does it mean??

What exactly is scattered fibroglandular breast density. What does it mean??

Common: This is also known as fibrocystic breast change and is extremely common. It is caused by the changes in the breast each month and the regression of those changes when we don't conceive. It occurs in 90% of women by age 40 and does not increase the risk of breast cancer. Caffeine can make the symptoms (tenderness and lumpiness) worse. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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My mammo. Exam says my breast density is not dense, and there are scattered fibroglandular densities. What does this mean?

Normal variant: Young women have very dense breasts and the X ray does not penetrate well. As you age, the glandular part becomes replaced with fat which is not as dense, allowing the X ray to penetrate better. Fibroglandular densities are are areas that remain dense while the remaining breast has fat density. Usually a radiologist will carefully review mammo and possibly ultrasound. If OK just annual mammogr ...Read more

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Scattered fibro glandular densities in both Breasts. What does it mean. Is it serious?

Scattered fibro glandular densities in both Breasts. What does it mean. Is it serious?

Normal: This is standard American College of Radiology terminology for Category 2 breast density. It is a normal pattern. It is not considered to be 'dense' breasts. ...Read more

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I have two lumps in my left breast and they are not showing on u/s or mammogram. I have scattered fibroglandular density. Can abnormalities hide?

I have two lumps in my left breast and they are not showing on u/s or mammogram. I have scattered fibroglandular density. Can abnormalities hide?

The combination of: Mammography and ultrasound is very sensitive for detecting palpable cancers. It is highly unlikely that your palpable regions are cancer. However, the sensitivity is not 100%, so it is important to follow up with your doctor ...Read more

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I have scattered fibroglandular densities and 3-4 lumps axillary. Should I be worried. Breast cancer history on mom's side.

I have scattered fibroglandular densities and 3-4 lumps axillary. Should I be worried. Breast cancer history on mom's side.

Breast cancer: You should be seen and examined by a breast surgeon or a general surgeon with breast surgery experience. They will guide you care and explain other indicated studies such as an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Mammogram showed "scattered fibroglandular densities." What does that mean? I am 71 years old. No family history of breast cancer.

Mammogram showed "scattered fibroglandular densities." What does that mean? I am 71 years old. No family history of breast cancer.

Breast composition: The breast is made up of fibrous, fat and glandular tissue normally. As aging progresses, the fat tends to diminish and the other two tissues become more prominent. If there were no known suspicious densities noted (lumps) then this report may be normal. Ask your MD who ordered the test, and by the way, most breast cancers today have no family history of the same. ...Read more

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Breast results were scattered fibroglandular 25-50%. What does this mean?

Breast results were scattered fibroglandular 25-50%. What does this mean?

Breast pathology: It seems that you have excessive glands inside the breast. You have to continue follow up as recommended by your doctor because if there is an increase in breast density on mammogram, chances of detecting malignancy is harder. Yearly mammogram and yearly clinical breast exam is sometimes recommeded when there is no pathology on mammogram. ...Read more

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Asymmetric density in same breast ok?

Asymmetric density in same breast ok?

Need more info..: Asymmetric density on a mammogram can be a normal finding for some. Needs to be correlated with your physical exam, medical history, results of prior mammograms. Sometimes further testing with ultrasound or maybe MRI may be indicated. Ask your doctor who ordered the test what is right for you. ...Read more

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In complete assessment. Scattered fibroglandular elements in both breast that could obscure a lesion on mammography?

In complete assessment. Scattered fibroglandular elements in both breast that could obscure a lesion on mammography?

That is an: Assessment of breast density, required to be included in the mammogram report in many states. It doesn't imply there is anything abnormal. The denser the breast, the less sensitive the mammogram is for detecting cancers. There are 4 density categories, A (least dense), B, C, and D (most dense). Yours would be considered a B by definition, therefore your breasts would not be considered "dense". ...Read more

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I had a mammogram exam and the findings say, Moderate parenchymal density is seen in both breasts. What does that mean? Should I be concerned?

I had a mammogram exam and the findings say, Moderate parenchymal density is seen in both breasts. What does that mean? Should I be concerned?

No concern needed: It simply means that your breasts are "thick" with tissue and moderately hard to "see" on mammogram. A word of caution however, because of your post menopausal age of 63, if the MD reading your future mammogram report indicates that it is very difficult to see through them to provide an adequate negative examination, please follow up with the additional recommended testing. ...Read more

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What does scattered breast tissue mean?

What does scattered breast tissue mean?

Scattered tissue: This is usually a statement put on a imaging report. There is nothing unusual about this phrase by itself. However if you would like further clarification in your case then return to your ob. Gyn for details. ...Read more

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What's breast density effect on mass detection?

For in the harbor: The analogy I often use is of a fog in the harbor. The thicker the fog the harder it may be to see a small dingy - but it's still there. As you move up to a speedboat or yacht it becomes easier to find. Eventually even in the densest pea soup fog one will know an ocean liner is present and blowing its horn. ...Read more

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Why is it so difficult to get information from mammographers/ ref docs about our breast density?

Why is it so difficult to get information from mammographers/ ref docs about our breast density?

It shouldn't be: If your breast tissue is dense, the mammographer should comment about this on your report. Dense breast tissue is the bane of the mammographer since both dense tissue and breast cancers show up white on a mammogram (it's like looking for a polar bear in a snowstorm). If you are at high risk for breast cancer and have extremely dense breast tissue, an MRI may be a better screening test for you. ...Read more

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How common is cancer in the retroareolar of the breast. I have fibroglandular densities in this area?

How common is cancer in the retroareolar of the breast. I have fibroglandular densities in this area?

Needs testing: Breast cancer can occur in any part of the breast, including the retroareolar zone. Depending on the appearance on mammogram or ultrasound, additional evaluation may involve an MRI or biopsy. Another important factor is to observe this area on previous breast imaging that you have had to understand whether it is a stable or evolving feature. ...Read more

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Asymmetric breast density. Could I be pregnant?

Asymmetric breast density. Could I be pregnant?

Not sure. Do HPT.: Early pregnancy sxs can include: lack of period, breast swelling ; tenderness with darkened areolas, fatigue, increased urination frequency, constipation, bloating, heartburn, backache, cramping, headache, food cravings or aversions, increased sense of smell, enlarged waist, feeling faint/dizzy, mood swings, increased gas, insomnia, gagging more easily ; yawning. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have 25% scattered fibro glandular in the breast?

What does it mean to have 25% scattered fibro glandular in the breast?

Type 1 density: If u have type 3 or 4 density its much harder to detect cancer. 51 or 75 %to 75 or greater then 75% is harder to detect cancer. ...Read more

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Mammogram results show focal densities in medial aspect of the anterior 3rd of the left breast?

Focal densities: A "density" is a very generic term. There are normal and abnormal densities in the breast. Was this reported on a screening mammo, and were additional views recommended? If so, it is likely that they are potential abnormalities that need additional views for clarification. The majority of these turn out to be nothing, but you need to have the extra views to be sure. ...Read more

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Can significant weight loss decrease breast density?

Can significant weight loss decrease breast density?

No. Increases it.: Breast tissue's made of both fibrocystic tissue (the dense parts of the ducts) as well fat. If you lose weight, presumably you are going to lose fat. In that situation, there is more fibrous tissue relative to fat in the breast, making it MORE dense overall. That being said, there are benefits to weight loss, including in decreasing risk of breast cancer, that outweigh density changes. TTYD. GL! ...Read more

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I just had a mammogram and they said there no cancer but the breast density; predominantly fatty. What does this mean?

Confusing: Dense breasts can make it hard to find cancer on mammogram. There is reason to think that people who have dense breasts should have mris instead.

Fatty breasts, however, are not dense, and are easily imaged on mammogram. ...Read more

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66 years old, mammogram shows tiny subcentimeter density within the right retroareolar breast on cc view. What does this mean?

66 years old, mammogram shows tiny subcentimeter density within the right retroareolar breast on cc view. What does this mean?

Abnormal Mammogram: A density or "spot" on a m'gram requires further evaluation, which may include reviewing prior m'gram's, a diagnostic m'gram, and/or an ultrasound. This closer look will allow us to categorize this as "probably benign" (requiring 6 month follow-up) or "suspicious" (requiring a biopsy). Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have few scattered calcific foci in bilateral breast. No other focal lesion seen in mammogram of both breasts. Should I get worried?

I have few scattered calcific foci in bilateral breast. No other focal lesion seen in mammogram of both breasts. Should I get worried?

Concerned: And follow-up.
To be calcified, these have existed for a while. Self and professional exams are important, along with excellent mammograms.
Your gyn and / or breast specialist will follow with you. ...Read more

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I had a mammagram done and results said there is a density in r breast at 12:00 called back for a dignastic mam. It was compared to last years.

I had a mammagram done and results said there is a density in r breast at 12:00 called back for a dignastic mam. It was compared to last years.

Do call back: A screening mammogram is done yearly in asymptomatic women. If there is an abnormality seen (a density or mass, ect), then the next step is a diagnositc mammogram where they will put the focus on the abnormality. If the density or mass is confirmed, an ultrasound guided biopsy of the mass will be performed to evaluate whether the mass contains cancer. You do need to have a diagnostic mammogram. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned after mammography? There is a 1.1 cm rounded nodular density in the superior right breast, middle/posterior depth junction.

Should I be concerned after mammography? There is a 1.1 cm rounded nodular density in the superior right breast, middle/posterior depth junction.

Mammogram: There are various mammographic features that determine the level of suspicion, however at this point it sounds like you haven't had an ultrasound, so the evaluation is not complete. Usually these turn out benign, e.g. a cyst, but if it is solid on ultrasound, needle biopsy may be needed to establish a diagnosis. Those usually turn out benign too. So yes, concerned but not alarmed. ...Read more