Examples of 0% fatty mammogram density
To explain the pictures below, they are shown as examples of fatty mammogram breast images.
If you are able to obtain your own mammograms, and compare them to these examples, you may be able to figure out your own mammographic density. Although these examples show some pictures that look brighter than others, you should not look for the overall brightness. Instead, notice within each mammogram image, that there are many thin lines and streaks that are brighter than the surrounding tissue. These streaks are "more dense" (whiter), whereas the darker tissue around them is fat.
On these 0% density mammograms, the thin white streaks are generally quite thin. But as mammographic density increases, more and more areas of fluffy white areas appear. The other pages showing more examples will illustrate this.
I found it interesting that high density mammograms increase chance of breast cancer, but do not increase chance of death. Whereas, low density breasts, IN obese patients with breast cancer, does increase chance of death.
My personal opinion, is that women with fatty breasts on mammogram, can safely have their mammograms every two years instead of annually. And when a mammogram report is completely normal, the woman can relax because radiologists hardly ever accidentally miss cancers on mammograms that are so easy to look at. Radiologists DO make interpretation errors, and miss cancers, but it doesn’t happen very often on fatty mammogram images.