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Dense breast tissue increases the risk of breast cancer, and up to 50% of breast cancers can be missed by mammography alone in women with dense breasts. Most breast cancer is found in dense breast tissue, and breast density is very common.
What do you think?

What is breast density?

Breast density is assigned into 4 categories. You are either in A, B, C, or D.
Breast Categories ABCD

Why do I need to know?

Women who have a higher breast density are at a higher risk of a misdiagnosed breast screening. Women with a C or D breast are at a higher risk.
QA What's my density doc?
How do I find out?

How do I find out?

The best way to find out your breast density is in your mammogram report.

How do I interpret my report?

When reading a mammogram, it can be very overwhelming. Some reports do not even mention the word density and just give a report of the mammogram. Look for the key words below!
What should I do now?

Some key words and phrases
to look for in your mammogram

Density! Some reports say high or low, some use A,B,C or D and some don’t report at all. 
Look for any recommendations from radiologist specifically any additional imaging
Discuss with your provider if you are high risk and make a plan for future screenings

I have questions,
but what should I ask?

Interpreting medical reports can be challenging and we often have follow-up questions. Use this script next time you call your healthcare provider to make sure you’re getting all your information about your visit!

“Hello, I am calling in regards to my mammogram report. I would like to clarify my breast density category, either A,B,C, or D, and discuss with the provider if any additional imagining is required or recommended.”

Women with various density