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Having dense breasts has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. One reason may be because it's harder to find tumors on the mammograms of women with dense breasts. Dense breast tissue shows up white on a mammogram, as do tumors, making it harder to see them and perhaps delaying diagnosis. But research presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium shows that dense breast tissue contains more cells believed to produce breast cancer compared with non-dense tissue.

A second study (both studies are from scientists at Mayo Clinic) found that dense breast tissue has more aromatase enzyme than non-dense tissue. Aromatase helps convert androgen into estrogen. A higher level of estrogen is related to a higher cancer risk.

The studies are the first to examine both dense and non-dense tissues taken from healthy volunteers. The 60 volunteers, ages 40 to 85, submitted to eight core-needle biopsies. None of the women had a history of breast cancer. The study showed that dense tissue contains more epithelium tissue (milk glands and duct cells) and stroma tissue (which is connective tissue) and much less fat compared with non-dense tissue.

"No one knows why density increases breast cancer risk, but we are attempting to connect the dots," Celine Vachon, the lead author of one of the studies, said in a news release.



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I have dense breasts, I got called back for two years, the sneaky beast was hiding. I just had my second breast mri, my onc says they are good for dense breasts.
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Oh yes, anyone with dense breasts should insist on MRIs!



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Still waiting for my MRI results. It's now officially over a week since my follow-up. Dense breasts took me to MRI.
 
I was triple neg so not sure that study relates. I do relate to not finding it among the white on the mammo and ultrasound, though. I mean..She showed me how she can't see a darn thing. Like looking through fog!!! Or a snowy blizzard.
 
Push for MRI's. It's the only way...

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I was always told that I had dense breast and no one ever seemed concerned - and I did not know to ask for US or MRI.  When I did get a call back - US, MRI and Dx stage 3. Yes, we must make it standard that digital mammos become standard care along with additional testing.  Karen
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Ditto, Karen. I was told 10 years ago that I had dense breasts when I had a biopsy with my very first mammo, but no one ever informed me of the associated risk until I found out the hard way.
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Karen, and Friends,

Ditto, as well.  Dense.  I am feeling more than Dense Boobs...if you know what I mean...

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