Breast Density at 38
Many women have dense breast tissue when they are young ,but as they age,usually the dense tissue is gradually replaced by fatty tissue.
The interpretation of the level of breast density can vary from doctor to doctor,or from one mammogram machine from the other.The only concern is that Mammograms are more difficult to interpret abnormalities that might be present in the breast tissue.
If something is not clear or looks suspicious,radiologists recommend more investigation,such as a MRI, which is a very good tool to detect abnormalities in dense breast tissue,or a biopsy if needed.
Just because you have dense breasts,I don't think that there is cause to be overly worried about it.In my opinion,a mastectomy is rather extreme,but you should certainly consider it,if you carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes which can be inherited from either side of the family.
Since you have a family history of BC,I would advise you to consult a Breast Specialist,if you haven't seen one already.The doctor will examine you and review your mammogram report and give you the best advice on how to proceed if more investigation is needed in your particular situation.
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