What does Category 2 mean on a mammogram?
A BI-RADS category 2 at the end of your report means that the mammogram, breast ultrasound and/or MRI breast show benign findings, not suspicious findings for cancer. With a final report of BI-RADS category 2, you can continue to go for normal, annual screenings if you are of average risk and over the age of 40.
How often does dense breast tissue turn into cancer?
How do dense breasts increase breast cancer risk? Having dense breasts inherently increases the risk for breast cancer by two to four times. In a mammogram, which is a black-and-white X-ray of the breast, non-dense breast tissue appears black and transparent.
Is it better to have fatty or dense breasts?
Pettersson and colleagues  report that the greater the non-dense breast area (regardless of the dense breast area), the lower the breast cancer risk. In other words, fatty breasts have a protective effect on breast cancer risk.
Should I be worried about dense breast tissue?
Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
How can I reduce my breast density naturally?
However, women with dense breasts can consider following a dense breast tissue diet, which can help decrease breast density and have healthy breasts. We recommend: Eliminating caffeine. Decreasing or eliminating red meat.
Should I worry about having dense breasts?
Do I need an ultrasound if I have dense breasts?
Women diagnosed with dense breasts should continue to get regular screening mammograms. But there are additional screening tests that can help doctors detect tumors that may not be identified by conventional mammography or DBT: Breast ultrasound (whole-breast ultrasound).
Does losing weight help dense breasts?
No. Fat content in what you eat and exercise do not directly change breast density. But if you lose or gain a lot of weight, your breasts can look more or less dense on your mammogram – though the amount of dense tissue will stay the same.
Can breast density go away?
No — breast density is determined by genetics, age, menopause status and family history. Weight gain and certain medications can also influence your breast density. Though your breast density can’t be changed, information is power.
What does it mean to be ACR accredited?
ACR Accreditation helps assure your patients that you provide the highest level of image quality and safety by documenting that your facility meets requirements for equipment, medical personnel and quality assurance.