Mammogram Q&A

Question/Comment: Judi Gatson, I was watching the segment on Breasts and have just recently had a mammogram.  The technician that did my exam told me I have very dense breasts.  Can you find out what that means and how to reduce breast density.  This was the first time I've ever been told that.  I'm 54 years old and have recently put on weight. Just curious if that might have something to do with the density.  There is no history of breast cancer in my family.  Thanks for your help and time.



Thanks for writing.   Having dense breast means you have thicker breast tissue.  It's not necessarily a good or bad thing, it's just the way that some women (like you and me) are made up.  The main concern is this ~ when you have dense breasts the images on the scans look white.  The problem is any suspicious masses also look white, so when the radiologist looks at the scan it's difficult to see any suspicious masses.  The analogy my technician used is, it's like putting a white sticker on a white piece of paper ~ the sticker is hard to spot.

Mammograms are an excellent screening tool but they are not a guarantee.  Because you have very dense breast it is extremely important that you do monthly self exams and get an exam from your doctor every year.

Thanks for writing and for watching WIS News 10.