Women with dense breasts are more likely to have false-negative mammograms than women who do not have dense breasts, according to the National Cancer Institute. Recent research studies have also linked dense breasts to an increased risk of having breast cancer in both breasts.
While having dense breasts in no way guarantees a woman will get breast cancer, it is known to be a contributory factor and doctors are trying to define its relationship to breast cancer further.
Symptoms of dense breasts?
A common misconception about dense breasts is that they are firm or large. However, a woman with firm breasts does not necessarily have dense breasts. The density of a woman's breasts can change over time. For example, as a woman ages, hormonal changes may cause more fatty tissue to develop in her breast.
What are the risk factors for dense breast tissue?
There are several risk facts including:
Age: The younger a woman is, the denser her breasts tend to be. Older women typically have less dense breasts.