beingdense.com has been set up with the intention of sharing information about a condition called Breast Density.
Under ‘dense’ in the Oxford Thesaurus is:
Compact, thick, solid, dim, impassable, stupid, slow…
Women are not stupid, slow or dim and we do not take our health lightly. However 40% of us are walking around unaware that we live with Dense Breast tissue which can be detrimental to our Health and well being.
Breast Density affects about 40% of women.
Most women do not know they have Breast Density.
Breast Density can be seen on your Mammogram.
Women are seldom told they have Breast Density.
Breast Density makes it harder to evaluate your Mammogram.
Breast Cancer will show up as white on your Mammogram.
Breast Density can mask the presence of a breast Cancer on your mammogram because it also shows up white.
Additional screening (Ultrasound, M.R.I.) may be required if you have Breast Density.
Are women Being Dense? Do we not quite understand?
Women should be told if they have Breast Density and given the information so that they can make informed choices about their additional Breast Screening Protocols.
beingdense.com hopes to promote this.
In an article in The Huffington Post on Breast Density called:
I read that ‘Breast Density is like Mammogram’s dirty little secret‘.
Breast Density is not a clinical indication in Ireland.
A Radiologist’s Warning: What Breast Density Means to You?
“Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography to detect cancer. About half of women younger than 50 are dense, and 1/3 of women over 50 are dense. That’s a large number of women for whom mammography alone is not enough” says Dr. Stacey Vitiello, Radiologist from Montclair, New Jersey.
In 2004 in the United States, following a diagnosis shockingly similar to my own recent diagnosis, a campaign was set up. The first state to pass breast density notification legislation was Connecticut in 2009.
Since then Breast Density Notification Law has been introduced in 24 States with a further 10 States pending.
The new law states that following Mammography a woman must be informed in writing if she has Breast Density. She is also advised to seek further breast screening such as Ultrasound or M.R.I.
The intent of such a law is to give women the necessary information to decide on further action if they have dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue makes it harder to identify cancer on a mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Women with dense breasts are encouraged to discuss with their physicians their possible increased risk of breast cancer and the difficulty that mammography may have in detecting tumors.
beingdense.com will not necessarily change laws but it will help inform women and it will give women a choice.
Let’s campaign to make Breast Density a Clinical Indication.
Please share this with friends and family in Ireland and abroad.
Only together can we change current Breast Check protocols and assist in the early detection for all women with Dense Breast Tissue.