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A study released by the American Association for Cancer Research earlier this year revealed that Black women are more likely to have dense breast tissue than White women.

Breast density refers to the variation in dense tissue on a mammogram image. Fatty breast tissue appears more translucent than dense breast tissue. Regions of a breast that comprise fatty tissue will appear darker on a mammogram, while regions that comprise dense tissue appear whiter.

According to researchers, denser breasts make it harder to detect cancer in a mammogram because non-cancerous fatty cells could show up as white on a mammogram, the same as cancerous fatty cells.

A study by Mayo Clinic notes that many women aren’t even aware of breast density, and the number of those unaware is larger among minority women and those at lower-income levels.

So, what does this mean for Black women?

For more information on breast cancer awareness, visit National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.



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