Some studies suggest that having dense breasts is big matter of concern for women. In fact, it raises a risk for developing breast cancer in near future or after a few years. Of course, it is hard to predict. There are also some researches and studies conducted by clinical organisations that breast cancers can be harder to detect with dense breasts. Continue reading “Detail Understanding of Genetic Factors and Breast Cancer”
According to radiologyinfo, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the breast.
According to radiologyinfo, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the breast. It is used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound.
This shows its importance as well as potential to identify unusual elements present within the breast. In fact, it also presents that it does not involve any sort of radiation, which mean it is safe and efficient too. Breast MRI is an advanced procedure that provides comprehensive information on breast tissue , which may be not be identified through mammography.
Now the question arises how does it works. Some the answer is straight, it produces clear images of breast tissue by detecting movements of atoms within the body. This shows vital information about any sort of abnormality present in breast. In fact, it is also helpful in identifying any disease in breast.
Today, Breast MRI has become a popular method of detecting diseases in breast. It is mainly used for women of almost all ages. Doctors also recommend it to women in order to successfully diagnose the symptoms of breast cancer.
You will be surprised to know that it is also used to determine the overall size of cancer in patients. It is also used during the time of treatment.
Today, more and more doctors recommend routine breast MRI for women. Moreover, it must also be noted that the machine is quite safe, examines thoroughly, and leave no stone unturned. On top of that, breast MRI will not cause any type of pain. Therefore, it is better to rely on breast MRI rather negating its concept.
A woman’s breasts are of two types – the ones which have fatty tissue and the ones which have dense tissue. The breasts which have dense tissues are known as dense breasts and this is quite a common condition among women, because almost 40% of women who get mammography done come up with results that show breasts which are dense. Usually having denser breasts is not a problem, but if other risk factors associated with cancer are also present, then it is necessary to take precautions.
There are many risk factors which increase the possibility of cancer if a woman has dense breast tissue. Let us look at the factors which strongly increase the possibility of breast cancer in women:
- If the woman is of age 60 years or more
- If the woman has any disease causing genetic mutations for breast cancer
- If any family members have any known disease causing genetic mutations for breast cancer
- If the woman was diagnosed for breast cancer before the age of 40
- If the woman has two or more first degree relatives i.e. mother, sister or daughter who was diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50
- If the woman has had high dose radiation treatment to the chest before the age of 30
- If the woman has a personal history of ovarian cancer
- If the woman has a personal history of lobular carcinoma in situ
If you have one or more of the above mentioned risk factors along with increased breast density, then you should get screening for breast cancer done as recommended by a physician. The main and most common screening test for breast cancer is breast mammography. However, in denser breasts this test is usually unsuccessful in differentiating between normal and cancerous tissues. In this case, you may also have to get breast ultrasound and breast MRI done.
A Diagnostic mammogram is the use of low dose X rays which are used to detect cancerous anomalies in the breasts of women. This method makes use of ionizing radiation and has been in use since the 1980s. Continue reading “Different Types of Mammography”