My mammography report says I have fatty breasts, what does it mean? Do I need to loose weight?

 

Dr. Shelly Sharma

Oncoradiologist, Breast Radiologist

MBBS, DNB( Radiodiagnosis ). Observorship in Breast Imaging , Mayo Clinic, USA. Fellowship in Ultrasound guided Tumor ablation , Samsung Medical Centre, South Korea. Fellowship in onco radiology , National Cancer Centre, Singapore.

 

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Your breasts are composed of a varying proportion of fibroglandular and fatty tissues. The breast density is a mammographic descriptor to describe the appearance of breasts on mammography.

 

On mammography, your breast density could be-

a: the breasts are almost entirely fatty
b: there are scattered areas of fibroglandular density
c: the breasts are heterogeneously dense, which may obscure small masses
d: the breasts are extremely dense, which lowers the sensitivity of mammography

 

Breast density varies with age – dense in younger age females and fatty in older age females. Your breast density is not a measure of your overall body composition.
That being said you should always maintain your weight in healthy range as it has multifold benefits, preventing you from breast cancer being just one of those.

This information is for general guidance and reflects the opinions and experience of the author. It is not intended to replace specialist consultation or provide treatment advice for specific cases.

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