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"On February 3, 2004, I was diagnosed with Stage 3c breast cancer six weeks after receiving a "normal" mammography report. Less than 48% of women with Stage 3c breast cancer are alive after five years."– Nancy M. Cappello, Ph. D.

Dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more connective tissue which appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also appears white thus tumors are often hidden or masked by the dense tissue. As a woman ages, her breasts usually become fattier. However, 2/3 of pre-menopausal and 1/4 of postmenopausal women (40%) have dense breast tissue. Additionally, as the density of the breast increases, the risk of breast cancer also increases.

Radiologists have been reporting a woman's dense breast tissue to her referring doctor for twenty years. Most often, that information is not conveyed to the patient. Displaying heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue on a mammogram is considered dense (BIRADS C, D).
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