Bismarck, ND -
Most women should start getting mammogram's at age 40, and have them every year and a half.
There's a number women should know that will help the next time they get a mammogram.
That's their breast tissue density.
Dr. Jessica Ruhland, radiologist for Mid Dakota Clinic says women should be educated on the type of breast tissue they have.
A woman's breast tissue density ranges from fatty to dense, on a number scale it reads as one to four.
It can make a difference in detecting breast cancer, because the more dense the tissue, the more difficult it is to detect a mass on the mammogram.
So knowing your body and its changes can help the radiologist, help you.
Jessica Ruhland-MD: "the biggest thing with breast density, the more dense your breast tissue is the less sensitive mammography is, the more false negatives mammography will have so it could miss a cancer longer, the denser your breasts are than fatty breast tissue so the biggest thing is if you know the breast density you know how sensitive mammography is going to be in you"