Awareness is a precursor of change

It is disingenuous of our medical practitioners to withhold information from women, about a condition called breast density, which is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

It is simply not right that women have been kept in the dark about their breast density for so long. In an article published in the Huff post Click here the following was written…….

…….Breast density is like mammogram’s dirty little secret. Half of women over 40 have no idea that their “normal” mammogram might not be normal at all.We are looking for a snowball in a snowstorm! You see, cancer is white, and dense tissue is white. So, dense breast tissue can overlap with cancers, masking them from view; in fact, we miss up to 50 percent of cancers in dense breasts. (Kolb, et al.) Secondly, dense tissue is the part of the breast that gets cancer, not fat, so there is a higher risk of getting cancer for women with dense breasts. Density level 4 women have five times the cancer risk as a density level 1. (NEJM)

 

beingdense.com aims to promote awareness. Awareness is powerful.

When we recognise the dysfunction in the system, we have the power to bring about change.

Beingdense advocates the introduction of mandatory reporting of breast density in women.

 

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One thought on “Awareness is a precursor of change

  1. The lack of awareness on this issue is having huge repercussions for women and has led to delayed diagnosis and treatment for many. Women need to know and should be told. With holding information like this must stop.

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