Women with dense breasts tend to have higher amounts of non- fatty tissue (glandular and connective tissues) and considerably lower amounts of fatty tissue, as compared to women with less dense breasts. Younger women, especially those in their twenties and thirties, have a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with dense breasts than older women. A routine mammography will reveal the fact whether your breasts are dense or not.
Every woman should be made aware of the density of her breasts, as women with higher breast density have an increased risk of suffering from breast cancer. Mammograms can prove to be pretty ineffective in detecting breast cancer among women with dense breasts. The reason for this is that breast tissue and breast cancer lumps both appear whitish in color on a mammogram. For this very reason, ultrasound has become a far superior diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer among women with dense breast tissue.
Causes Of Dense Breast Tissue
Contrary to popular notion, women with lower body weight and less body mass, have a greater likelihood of being diagnosed with dense breast tissue. On the other hand, women who have higher than normal body weight, tend to have lower percentage of dense tissues in their breasts.
The exact correlation between body weight and breast density is a matter which is still being actively researched by medical professionals.
Early Life Exposures
Women with dense breasts may have to delve into their past to determine the exact causative reason for this problem. Medical research has shown that babies with higher birth weight are likely to mature into young women having dense breast tissue. On the other hand, if you had an above average body weight during your adolescence, you have a lower chance of having dense breasts in your adulthood.
Pregnancy And Childbearing
Women who have borne more than two children, have a lower likelihood of being diagnosed with dense breasts. Conversely, women who have produced only one child or have not had children at all have a higher likelihood of having dense breast tissues.
In short, multiple pregnancies and childbirth actually reduces the risk of dense breasts and ultimately the possibility of breast cancer.
Women who have undergone or are undergoing hormone replacement therapy may display dense breast condition. Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for a very long period of time are more likely to suffer from this condition. In contrast, women who have undergone hormone replacement therapy for a short duration of time will not experience any significant changes to the density of their breasts in the long run.
If you are a true blue carnivore who likes to tuck into a tasty meat preparation at any, and every given opportunity, you have a higher risk of being diagnosed with dense breast tissue.
High animal protein intake can increase the density of your breasts. So, to cut down your chances of having this condition, eat a well balanced diet with greater emphasis being given to high fiber foods.
You can’t change your genes even if you have the power to change every thing else in your life. The BRCA1 (Breast Cancer 1, Early Onset) and BRCA2 (Breast Cancer Type2 Susceptibility Protein) genes, increases your risk of having dense breast tissue. So, women having these specific genes are genetically endowed with dense breasts.