Topic: All about Dense Breasts

Forum: Not Diagnosed But Worried — For those who are experiencing symptoms or received concerning test results, but haven't been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2020 03:37PM - edited Feb 4, 2021 12:33PM by moderators

Posted on: Oct 9, 2020 03:37PM - edited Feb 4, 2021 12:33PM by moderators

moderators wrote:

We just added this content on Dense Breasts!

Dense Breasts

Having dense breasts means there is more fibrous tissue (or connective tissue) and glandular tissue (the type of tissue that produces milk) in your breasts than fatty tissue. That's why dense breast tissue is also called "fibroglandular tissue." In this section you'll learn about:

  • How is breast density measured?
  • Why breast density matters?
  • How to find out if you have dense breasts
  • Cancer screening for women with dense breasts
  • Other steps you can take

Read more by clicking on the above link and please let us know if it's helpful.

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Oct 9, 2020 05:11PM beesie.is.out-of-office wrote:

Mods, to my other post, while the content is excellent, I think it would be helpful to add an explanation of breast density and age. Most pre-menopausal women have dense breasts. This is important context for younger women, who often worry unnecessarily when they are told that they have dense breasts.


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Oct 10, 2020 01:32AM jons_girl wrote:

thank you for posting this infomods!

Breast cancer at age 49. Felt tumor. Wasn’t caught on mammo even after feeling tumor. Ultrasound caught my cancer. Dx 6/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal
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Oct 10, 2020 10:02AM moderators wrote:

Jons_Girl, you're welcome!

Beesie -- thank you for your insight and suggestions! We'll take it back to the editorial team!

--The Mods

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Nov 4, 2020 08:14PM rain88 wrote:

Thank you for this posting; very informative.

Dx 27/7/2019, Mucinous, 11 mm, Stage 1, Grade 1, 0/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Lumpectomy (right), Radiotherapy, Tamoxifen (15 months) Surgery 10/1/2019 Surgery 10/1/2019 Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole breast: Breast Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole breast, Radiation boost: Right breast Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole breast, Radiation boost: Right breast Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole breast, Radiation boost: Right breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lumpectomy (Right)
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Jul 17, 2021 08:06AM - edited Jul 17, 2021 08:06AM by Momof2G

I have dense breasts to the point mammogram didn't catch my tumor at all! I could see and feel it as well. I wish mine were normal

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Jul 17, 2021 12:00PM carlsoda wrote:

Mammogram missed my cancer two times (recurrence now)! Thank goodness I found it! Do your monthly breast checks!!!

Age: 51 @ diagnosis. Oncotype Result: 16 Dx 4/26/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/4/2016 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 6/20/2016 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/10/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 3/31/2021, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2021 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Chemotherapy 6/3/2021 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Feb 24, 2022 10:19AM homemom wrote:

I find it interesting that dense breasts have more glandular tissue (produces milk) yet I struggled highly trying to breastfeed. Just thinking out loud about that.Loopy

Dx 3/31/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/15/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Surgery 5/6/2014 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 5/30/2014 AC Chemotherapy 7/25/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/16/2014 Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 21, 2022 02:30AM mvr168 wrote:

I appreciate this information. Everyone who sees my mammogram tells me I have incredible dense breasts. My mammogram came back normal but my ultrasound resulted in 3 core biopsies I am waiting on.

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