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When they say dense breasts, do mammogram techs mean fat?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: No-opposite
Typically it means there is not as much fat.
As we age and have less estrogen the breasts get fatty replaced which makes them not as dense and easier to see abnormalities on the mammogram.

In brief: No-opposite
Typically it means there is not as much fat.
As we age and have less estrogen the breasts get fatty replaced which makes them not as dense and easier to see abnormalities on the mammogram.
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: NO, the opposite
Dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more non-fatty tissue compared to breasts that aren't dense.
Dense breasts have more gland tissue and especially more supportive tissue (also called stroma) that surrounds the gland.

In brief: NO, the opposite
Dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more non-fatty tissue compared to breasts that aren't dense.
Dense breasts have more gland tissue and especially more supportive tissue (also called stroma) that surrounds the gland.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Fat does the opposite. Fibroglandular tissue make breasts dense.

In brief: No
Fat does the opposite. Fibroglandular tissue make breasts dense.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Paul Slawek
Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: NO
Fatty breast are not dense.
Fat is easy to see through on mammography and cancer detection is easier. Dense breast contain material, fibroglandular elements, that are hard to see through on mammography thus the mammogram is less reliable in dense breasts.

In brief: NO
Fatty breast are not dense.
Fat is easy to see through on mammography and cancer detection is easier. Dense breast contain material, fibroglandular elements, that are hard to see through on mammography thus the mammogram is less reliable in dense breasts.
Dr. Paul Slawek
Dr. Paul Slawek
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The opposite. Breasts are composed of fibroglandular stroma and fat.
It is the fibroglandular part that shows up as white, or dense, on the mammogram.

In brief: No
The opposite. Breasts are composed of fibroglandular stroma and fat.
It is the fibroglandular part that shows up as white, or dense, on the mammogram.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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