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Fibroglandular densities
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Fibroglandular densities

I recently had a screening mammogram. The technologist pointed out fibroglandular tissue in the fims. I am 50 yrs old. I do have a family history of breast cancer (mother) however hers did not develope until after 65 and she lived for 15 years after that.

I did notice some changes in my breasts 6 about 6 years ago. I can feel ropelike lumpy glands in both breasts.

What is fibroglandular tissue. Should I be concerned?
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Dear sll:  It is not uncommon for women to have fibrous tissue in their breasts.  In fact, it is very common.  Fibrous tissue is, in itself, not harmful.  However, it can cause discomfort and may appear dense on mammography, making these films more difficult to interpret.  Caffeine may contribute to fibrous tissue formation and minimizing coffee, tea, dark colas, and chocolate may help.
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