UNDERSTANDING THE FOUR STAGES OF CANCER
Stage 3 usually means the cancer is larger. It may have started to spread into surrounding tissues and there are cancer cells in the lymph nodes in the area.
Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from where it started to another body organ. This is also called secondary or metastatic cancer. Stage 4 is treatable but there is no cure for it.
Finding breast cancer early results in best possible patient treatment and survival outcomes.
According to the results of a study recently published in JAMA Oncology, high breast density surpasses other known risk factors for developing breast cancer, including family history of the disease.
Interval cancers are those that develop between mammogram screenings. These tumours are generally larger, stage 3 or 4, therefore treatment is more aggressive, with outcome and survival less favourable than stage 1 or 2 cancers, detected earlier.
We will continue to call for breast density to be recognised in Irish breast screening protocols.
Dense breast tissue is clearly identifiable on mammogram.
Irish women want our radiologists to share all our breast screening results with us, it is ours to have and ours to hold.