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Breast Tissue Density

Breast Care

Breast Tissue Density Information

Dense breasts are very common in women, especially in younger women. Dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more non-fatty tissue, which could hide abnormalities during mammography screening. If you have other risk factors for breast cancer that have been identified, you might benefit from supplemental screening tests that may be suggested by your ordering physician. 

The information about breast tissue density provided to you during your annual mammogram is to help raise your awareness and promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue. After your mammogram, a report of your results was sent to your physician. Use your report when you talk to your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. Note that breast tissue density may vary from year to year depending on radiologists’ interpretation, hormone levels, and/or body mass index.

If your breast tissue is dense, which could hide abnormalities, AND you have other risk factors for developing breast cancer, you may benefit from genetic counseling, participation in our High-risk Breast Clinic and/or supplemental imaging such as a 3-D mammogram (also called digital breast tomosynthesis) and/or breast MRI.

If your breast tissue is fatty or scattered, BUT you have risk factors for developing breast cancer, you may benefit from genetic counseling, participation in our High-risk Breast Clinic and/or supplemental imaging such as a 3-D mammogram (also called breast tomosynthesis) and/or breast MRI.

Risk Factors for Developing Breast Cancer

For more information about risk factors for developing breast cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society.  

Genetic Counselors and Genetic Testing

If you may be at high risk for developing breast cancer due to a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer (or multiple cancers in your family) and would like more information about the genetic counselors and genetic testing, please visit our Hereditary Cancer Program website or call 816-932-2375.

High-Risk Breast Clinic

Learn more about the High-risk Breast Clinic online or call 816-932-7900.

Other Helpful Websites

If you still have questions about your breast tissue density, please call:

Saint Luke’s Hospital Breast Center
(Screening mammograms only)
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-932-5350

Saint Luke’s Hospital Diagnostic Breast Center
4321 Washington
Suite 1000
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-932-5350

Saint Luke’s East Hospital Breast Center
20 N.E. Saint Luke’s Blvd.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
816-347-5700

Saint Luke’s North Breast & Imaging Center
5820 N.W. Barry Road
Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64154
816-891-2273

Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital
(mammography only)
711 Marshall St.
Leavenworth, KS 66032
913-684-1100

Hedrick Medical Center
2791 N. Washington St.
Chillicothe, MO 64601
660-214-8680

Saint Luke’s South Hospital Goppert Breast Center
12541 Foster
Suite 100
Overland Park, KS 66213
913-317-7890

Anderson County Hospital
(mammography only)
421 S. Maple
Garnett, KS 66032
785-448-3131

Wright Memorial Hospital
(mammography only)
191 Iowa Blvd.
Trenton, MO 64683
660-358-5700