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Mammogram reports sent to women often mention breast density. Your health care provider can also tell you if your mammogram shows that you have dense breasts. Dense breast tissue refers to the appearance of breast tissue on a mammogram. Breast tissue is composed of milk glands, milk ducts and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue), and fatty tissue (nondense breast tissue). When viewed on a mammogram, women with dense breasts have more dense tissue than fatty tissue. Low breast density means theres more fat compared to breast and connective tissue. By looking at your mammogram or the measure of breast density, your health care provider may conclude you have dense breasts. How does dense breast tissue look on a mammogram? The mammogram images below show a range of breast density. doctors use a standard system to describe mammogram findings and results. if a person with dense breasts has a 20 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer (based on various risk models that can be discussed with her doctor) she is a candidate for additional mri breast screening. If your mammogram results letter states that you have heterogeneous breast density or dense breast density, we encourage you to know more. breast tissue shows up white on a mammogram but so does cancer, she explains. Continued a mammogram requires that the breast is thinned out for optimal views, says sylvia adams, md, an oncologist and assistant professor of medicine at new york university school of medicine. The results are merely informing you that, like 40 percent of american women, your breast tissue is particularly fibrous. This does, however, make it more difficult for a mammogram to see through the entire breast. Kirtly parker jones explains dense breasts in further detail and what alternative screening methods might work the best for you. Women with dense breasts are at increased risk of breast cancer, and high breast density is a cause of false-negative results on a standard screening mammography. However, results from a new study suggest that breast density alone should not dictate whether women should receive additional screening for breast cancer after a normal result on a screening mammogram.