I was just told that I had several dense nodules in my left breast at 1:00. Has anyone ever heard of that and if so, what does it mean. They want me to go have a sonogram and some kind of density test. I have tried to look up dense nodules and it keeps pointing me to breast cancer. I'm pretty confused and a little scared.
Dense nodules would mean non-uniformly dense breast tissue.
Such densities make the mammogram difficult to read or to palpate a definite lump on physical exam. The dense tissue makes it more likely that a cancer might be missed. An ultrasound or MRi is done in such cases in case of any suspicious lesion or anything abnormal on breast examination.
The density finding itself is not a risk factor for breast cancer; many women have these changes.
Have you noticed any abnormal features on breast self examination like a breast lump, nipple discharge or skin changes?
These are managed with regular breast self examinations and periodic clinical breast examinations by your physician and 6 monthly or yearly mammograms and ultrasound.
Let us know if you have any other doubts and post us about what your doctor advises.
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