January 20: Breast Density

VWC Rmom logoBreast density describes the composition of a woman’s breasts. Breasts are made up of glands, fat and thickened tissue, but the amounts of each of these components vary from woman to woman. Women who have more milk producing, milk transporting and connecting tissues as compared to fatty tissues are considered to have high breast density.

For many women, breast density will decrease with age as well as with each pregnancy. However, some women may maintain high breast density throughout their lives because of other factors like family history, body weight and postmenopausal hormone use.

Learn more about breast density here: http://www.virginiawomenscenter.com/blog/mammography/understanding-breast-density/

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