Be Smart about Being Dense

Breast Density is a recognised major breast cancer risk factor. Several countries have established advocacies to inform women of their risk of having Dense Breasts. There are also a number of Radiology Experts and Research Scientists who have endorsed the need for Breast Density education, additional breast screening and notification protocols. advocates for Density notification for Irish Women.

In 2017 during Oireachtas Minister written Questions Cancer Screening Programmes 343. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health Simon Harris if early detection breast cancer screening protocols are available for women with breast density; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29568/17]

Minister Simon Harris’s statement incl the following –

At present, digital mammography platforms do not provide a quantifiable breast density measurement. 

Irish women are not made aware of breast density as determined by mammography and may therefore be at risk of delayed, late stage, breast cancer diagnosis as a result.

BEING DENSE contacted Minister Simon Harris in 2017, his full written reply is linked below –

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, T.D., has asked me to thank you for your recent letter concerning breast cancer, and specifically the issue of breast density.


On a mammogram, breast density (also known as mammographic density) is shown as white and bright regions and is associated with reduced sensitivity in cancer detection and increased breast cancer risk. However, many women are unaware of the significance of breast density as it is not routinely reported or discussed.

Please share this and help influence change in current breast screening protocols. It is smart to know about Beingdense.

e-mail is a wonderful educational website that addresses questions about breast density.

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