The Journal of the National Cancer Institute released the results of a study recently; indicating that breast cancer patients with dense breast tissue are not more likely to die from the disease than women with less dense tissue who are also obese.
Studies have long shown that women with dense breast tissue have a higher than average chance of developing breast cancer. Also, dense breast tissue makes mammograms more difficult to read. In less dense breasts, the fatty tissue shows up as black; in dense breasts the tissues shows up as white - the same as tumors and other cancer indicators. The combination has been a frightening issue for many women. The advancements in treatments seemed to have leveled the playing field between the two different groups of women.
Breast Density usually decreases with age. Many young women have areas of density but only 25% are considered to have "dense breasts". Post-menopausal women whose breasts are still dense should be especially cautious and consistant in their screenings.
What should we all take away from this study? It's important to know our own bodies, ask questions and educate ourselves on the issues. Discuss any concerns you have at your next appointment with your Physician at The Woman's Clinic. Now is a good time to schedule your next appointment before the end of the year sneaks up on us all. Call for an appointment today at 601-354-0869.
Mon, August 27, 2012
by Alicia Prince