Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dense breasts tied to TNBC in postmenopausal women

Dense breasts were associated with larger, high-grade, and estrogen-negative tumors, according to research online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study used data from the Nurses' Health Study on 121,701 female nurses who have been followed for more than 20 years.

Once again, I do not meet the criteria--my breasts are far enough from dense to be a little pathetic. Still, the disease found me.


Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

I've read that mammographic density and 'firmness' are two different things.One can presumably have thin,, saggy breasts that are dense on the mammogram and firm ones that are not.

Patricia Prijatel said...

Yes, density is a vague term. My radiation oncologist, though, did tell me that radiation would likely be more successful in me because my breasts were not dense. They are also small, but not so saggy. :) Still, you raise a good question about how we evaluate density. Pat