Breast Density

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When you have a mammogram at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), the results you receive include information about your breast density.

Dense breasts are common and found in more than 40 percent of women. Receiving a report that you have dense breasts does not mean there was anything wrong with your test results. But they may make your mammograms harder to evaluate, so your doctor may recommend you have an additional screening exam.

Breast density is classified into four categories:

Almost Entirely Fatty Breasts

Your breasts are almost entirely fatty and contain little fibrous and glandular tissue. Mammograms are likely to show any irregularities for the radiologist who reads your mammogram. About 10 percent of women are in this category.

Scattered Areas of Fibroglandular Tissue

Your breasts contain fatty tissue and scattered areas of fibrous and glandular tissue. Mammograms are likely to show irregularities for the radiologist who reads your mammogram. About 40 percent of women are in this category.

Uniformly Dense Breasts

Your breasts contain uniform (heterogenous) fibrous and glandular density. Mammograms may have trouble detecting small irregular masses. The radiologist who reads your mammogram may recommend additional imaging or tests to better examine your breasts. About 40 percent of women are in this category.

Extremely Dense Breasts

Your breasts are extremely dense. Mammograms have trouble detecting irregularities. The radiologist who reads your mammogram may recommend additional imaging or tests to better examine your breasts. Dense breasts may increase the risk of breast cancer. About 10 percent of women are in this category.