Mammograms can be stressful and even a bit scary. But you can prepare yourself with critical information before you get a mammogram. The free resource, Mammogram , answers what you should do before, during, and after your mammogram screening. Where can we send your copy of this helpful guide? Save Save.
Breast Density and Your Mammogram Report
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A mammogram image has a black background and shows the breast in variations of gray and white. Generally speaking, the denser the tissue, the whiter it appears. This may include normal tissue and glands, as well as areas of benign breast changes e. Fat and other less-dense tissue renders gray on a mammogram image. A radiologist will consider all of this when reviewing your mammogram images, but it's important to note that what's normal for one woman may not be for the next. For example, women with naturally dense breasts will have more white on their mammogram images, even if there is no disease present.
A doctor called a radiologist will categorize your mammogram results using a number system of 0 through 6. You should talk to your doctor about your mammogram's category and what you need to do next. Doctors use a standard system to describe mammogram findings and results. By sorting the results into these categories, doctors can describe what they find on a mammogram using the same words and terms. This makes accurately communicating about these test results and following up after the tests much easier.
A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. Are you worried about the cost? CDC offers free or low-cost mammograms.