By David Mittleman

Effective Monday, female patients in Michigan who show dense breast tissue during a mammogram must be notified in writing and encouraged to consider additional testing. Supporters of the law feel that these requirements could help detect breast cancer earlier.

What is Dense Breast Tissue?

Breast tissue is composed of several different types of tissue: milk glands, milk ducts and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue) and fatty tissue. When viewed on a mammogram, women with dense breasts have more dense tissue than fatty tissue. On a mammogram, non-dense breast tissue appears dark and transparent. Dense breast tissue appears as a <a class="colorbox" …read more