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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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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Check yourself after your period
Monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
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Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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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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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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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Seek immediate evaluation by your physician
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Have diagnostic mammography, ultrasound or MRI if recommended
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Remember most breast lumps are benign
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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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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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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Perform monthly self breast exams.
monthly
See your doctor immediately if breast lump found.
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Yearly breast exams after age 40 by your doctor.
yearly
Yearly mammograms after age 40.
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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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