M. Reza Sulaiman | Dini Afrianti Efendi
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 | 18:22 WIB
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Having dense breasts can make women more susceptible to breast cancer. How come?
A specialist in Internal Medicine, a sub-specialist of Hematology-Medical Oncology, Prof. DR. dr. Aru Wisaksono Sudoyo, Sp.PD-KHOM, FACP revealed that breast cancer risk data, 90 to 95 percent of which are influenced by environmental factors, while genetic factors are only 5 to 10 percent.
Interestingly Prof. Aru revealed that if dense breasts increase the risk of breast cancer, why?
“Breast cancer risk factors that cannot be changed, one of which is dense breasts, making it difficult to have a mammogram,” said Prof. Aru in a discussion with the Indonesian Cancer Foundation and Kalbe some time ago.
Meanwhile quotes CDC, Tuesday (6/10/2020) confirmed that dense breasts have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. The density of the breasts is reflected in the number of fibros that hold the breast, and the glands called the lobes that produce milk.
The breast itself consists of 3 parts of fibrous tissue, the breast in place, milk-producing glandular tissue or lobe, and fatty tissue that fills the tissue between the fibrous, lobe and tissue. This is what usually contributes to the shape and size of the breasts.
CDC said it was getting denser female breasts the higher the risk of breast cancer. But cancer patients with dense breasts are less likely to die than those with non-dense breasts, aka those with only fat.
The reason is that based on a breast scan or mammogram, dense breasts can hide cancer, fibrous tissue and glands appear white on a mammogram. This risk also applies to benign tumors. This is because it is difficult to distinguish between tumors and dense breast tissue so that small tumors may often be overlooked.
If you are the owner of dense breasts, then talk about the risks you face to the doctor, so that the doctor will take into account other factors such as age, occupation to a history of cancer in the family.
A different test than usual might be able to find some cancers that you missed on a mammogram, but the risk is that these tests often produce false positives, in which case you don’t actually have cancer.
In the end you only get unnecessary actions, such as biopsies and so on, which in the end even drain your money.