50% Not nearly Enough

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Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumour diagnosed in Irish women, it accounts for almost one third of all major malignancies diagnosed in women and @ 50% are in the 50 -70 age range.

According to the Irish Cancer Society  the following points are of paramount importance.

Risk factors for developing breast cancer include:

Being a woman, getting older, having had breast cancer previously, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a strong family history of breast cancer.

See http://www.InforMD.org.au for more information on #breast density

All Irish women aged 50 to 69 are invited to have a free mammogram every 2 years. See www.BreastCheck.ie

http://www.Beingdense.com advocates for women to be given ALL their Breast Health information so that they are fully informed and involved in decisions about their future Breast Screening options.

See http://www.Densebreast-info.org for further information regarding Dense Breasts and assoc risks.

There is a ground swell of information and multiple global advocacies on a risk factor, now considered to be one of the most overlooked in our National population based breast screening programme.

BREAST DENSITY is a much more important risk factor even than family history for most people.

‘The whiteness hides any cancers,’ said Prof Cuzick, director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London.

“There’s a very strong scientific argument that women with uniformly dense breasts need more screening,’ he told The Mail Prof Cuzick said standard x-ray mammography struggled to pick out tumours in women with dense breasts, as both healthy tissue and tumours showed white”.

Since http://www.Beingdense.com began just over 2 yrs ago there has been no significant change in relation to reporting of Breast Density in Ireland. Our main concern is that while our Breast Screening Programme partners remain tightlipped about this risk factor, Irish women continue to be placed at risk of delayed diagnosis. How long is long enough. 50% Is NOT enough.

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IN WOMEN WITH EXTREMELY DENSE BREASTS MAMMOGRAM IS ONLY @ 50% EFFECTIVE. 

1 in 12 women in the age range of 40-74 years have Extremely Dense breasts.

(Screening mammography is also reduced in sensitivity in women with “heterogeneously dense” breasts, however not by as much as 50%.

WE WOULD LOVE YOU TO MAKE A POINT OF SHARING THIS WITH LOTS OF LADIES IN YOUR LIFE.  #Cancer #Research #DaffodilDay

 

 

 

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