Introduction : Breast density, a measure of the extent of radiodense fibroglandulartissue in the breast, has a potentiality to be used as a predictor forbreast cancer. We assessed breast density in Thai women usingWolfe’s parenchymal patterns which is one of the most reliable methodsfor the evaluation.Objective : To assess breast parenchymal patterns of Thai women.Setting : King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital.Research design : Retrospective study.Patients : Women who underwent mammogram screening from July to December2002 at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital (KCMH).Methods : Normal mammograms of the screening women were reviewed for breastparenchymal patterns according to Wolfe’s classification.Result : The breast parenchymal patterns, according to age groups, were asfollows: 35 - 44 years old ( total 395 cases) had N1 feature 3 cases(0.8%), P1 feature 25 cases (6.3%), P2 114 cases (28.9%) and DYfeature 253 cases (64.1%); 45-54 years old (total 786 cases) had N1feature 22 cases (2.8%), P1 feature 85 cases (10.8%), P2 feature324 cases (41.1%) and DY feature 355 cases (45.2%); 55 - 64 yearsold (total 394 cases) had N1 feature 34 cases (8.6%), P1 feature74 cases (18.8%), P2 feature 183 cases (46.5%) and DY feature103 cases (26.2%); and, 65 -74 years old (total 91 cases) had N1feature 23 cases (25.3%), P1 feature 34 cases (37.4%), P2 feature28 cases (30.8%) and DY feature 6 cases (6.6%).Conclusion : Type P2 and DY which represent dense breasts were the most prevalentamong Thai women who underwent screening mammography.
Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
Boonjunwetwat, D; Thakhulee, A.; and Prueksadee, J.
"Mammographic parenchymal patterns of 1,666 Thai women :A mammographic screening evaluation,"
Chulalongkorn Medical Journal: Vol. 54:
4, Article 1.
Available at: https://digital.car.chula.ac.th/clmjournal/vol54/iss4/1