Jan 25, 2012 · Moreover, women with fatty breasts are at low risk of breast cancer, regardless of age, menopausal status, family history of breast cancer, history of prior breast biopsy, and postmenopausal hormone therapy use [3, 11]. Lastly, women with low breast density are …
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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms. Fatty breast tissue does not look dense on a mammogram, which may make it easier to find tumors or other changes in the breast. Fatty breast tissue is more common in older women than in younger women. Fatty breast tissue is one of four categories used to describe a level of breast density seen on a mammogram.
Breasts are made up of lobules, ducts, and fatty and fibrous connective tissue. Lobules produce milk and are often called glandular tissue. Ducts are the tiny tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple. Fibrous tissue and fat give breasts their size and shape and hold the other tissues in place.
Breasts are the same in men and women, until puberty. During sexual maturity, a woman’s breast tissue grows in size and amount. Women’s breasts consist of mammary glands, or the glandular tissue, that hold milk-producing cells. They also have connective tissue, which includes adipose, or fatty tissue. These tissues make up the shape of your breasts.
In short, the breast microenvironment in fatty compared to dense breasts may promote normal mammary gland development and homeostasis, and hinder breast cancer development. The adipose rich stromal environment in which the epithelial cells reside, the so called mammary fat pad,
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Dense Breasts. Dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more non-fatty tissue compared to breasts that aren’t dense. Dense breasts have more gland tissue that makes and drains milk and supportive tissue (also called stroma) that surrounds the gland. Breast density can be inherited, so if your mother has dense breasts, it’s likely you will, too.