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What is a dense breast?

Alice Klobukowski Profile
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anonymous

Stage 2A Patient about 8 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Are you asking if anyone has dense breasts? I'm not sure I understand the question?
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Alice Klobukowski Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I goofed up here and don't know how to erase/delete this error. I wrote another post concerning the fact that I never understood that having dense breasts is a factor in the increased risk of developing an aggressive tumor, which I did.
    about 8 years Flag
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Alice, I don't think dense breasts have an increased risk for developing a more aggressive type of breast cancer. I think what happens.... and what happened to me...... it is more difficult to get a good mammogram where a smaller tumor can be...

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      Alice, I don't think dense breasts have an increased risk for developing a more aggressive type of breast cancer. I think what happens.... and what happened to me...... it is more difficult to get a good mammogram where a smaller tumor can be seen/detected. The dense tissue in the breast can hide breast cancer at its earliest stages. It won't show up until the tumor has grown much larger. This happened to me. I found my tumor by self-check 7 months after my regular mammogram. My tumor should have been diagnosed earlier if it hadn't been for my dense breast tissue. I was diagnosed with Stage 2B IDC with one positive lymph node. It should have never gone that far. My breast cancer was the most common form and not particularly aggressive.
      I am 5 years out now and doing great after having a mastectomy, chemo, and 5 years of hormone blocking drug. Take care Sharon

      about 8 years Flag
    • Alice Klobukowski Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Actually having dense breasts is a factor in risk of developing cancer. There is less fat and more tubular tissue prone to cancer development. Dense breast tissue is a double threat because it makes detection more difficult while offering an...

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      Actually having dense breasts is a factor in risk of developing cancer. There is less fat and more tubular tissue prone to cancer development. Dense breast tissue is a double threat because it makes detection more difficult while offering an environment that fosters tumor development. Go to website areyoudense.org.

      over 7 years Flag

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