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What are dense breasts?Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. The tissue inside your breasts can be different types too. Some breast tissue is fatty. Other breast tissue is dense. Dense means it's made of thick, fibrous tissue and milk glands. You can learn how dense your breasts are from your mammogram report. There are four levels of breast density:Almost all fatty tissue (1 out of 10 women)Scattered areas of dense tissue, but mostly fatty tissue (4 out of 10 women) Mixed dense and fatty tissue, also called heterogeneous (4 out of 10 women) Extremely dense tissue (1 out of 10 women)All of these breast types are normal. Things that can affect your breast density include your family history (genetics), being pregnant, and using estrogen hormone therapy. Your age can also make a difference. Breast tissue in younger women tends to be denser than in older women who have been through menopause.Why is it important to know about your breast density?Having dense breasts may affect your plans