Strong Influencer for Breast Cancer kept under wraps!

Building awareness and influencing change is what is about.

When a woman goes for her Mammogram her hopes are pinned on the result being clear. Few women realise that their Mammogram determines another important result, one that is not routinely given to them – their level of Breast Density.

“A Stronger Influencer for Breast Cancer than Familial History”

Because there is NO mandate requiring anyone to pass this information to us women, we are not routinely notified/advised about our Breast Density.  The National Breast Cancer Screening Program have extensive Guidelines but their SOP ignores Breast Density as a risk factor.

Doesn’t it strike you as extraordinary that a well established risk factor for Breast Cancer is not routinely made known to women. It’s a significant risk factor that renowned Swedish researchers and global experts confirm is more significant that Familial History and it is not routinely shared so women remain largely uneducated and unaware of it’s importance.

‘Scientists know however, that women with very dense tissue in the breasts, and low levels of fat, run a risk of being affected by breast cancer that is approximately six times higher than that of women with low density’

Link to full report ⬇️

Breast Density is a Prognostic Indicator, a Strong Influencer for Breast Cancer

Risk factors for breast cancer
The factors that influence the risk of developing breast cancer are nearly all related, directly or indirectly, to the levels of female sex hormones. The exception to this is previous exposure to radiation.

High Density of Breast Tissue listed as a Strong Influence for Breast Cancer – ahead of Family History.  Women with Dense Breasts 6 times more likely to develop Breast Cancer than women with Fatty Breasts.

Breast Density Level C and D are considered as Dense Breasts

Strong influence
• Age
• Carrying the gene BRCA1 or BRCA2 •⚠️High density of breast tissue ◀️

Medium influence
• Family history of breast cancer
• Early exposure to radiation
• Use of hormone substitute therapy

Weak influence
• High age at first pregnancy
• Low age at first menstruation
• High alcohol consumption
• High BMI after menopause

We would like to thank all the women, families, practitioners who are following We need your help. We need you to speak out. Tell others what you know about this. Discuss it with your friends, family, colleagues.  Let’s unwrap this, let’s influence change.  Breast Density is a significant prognostic indicator for Breast Cancer.

40% of all women have Dense Breasts 43% over 50’s have Dense Breasts

It is unacceptable that this level of personal information, easily obtainable, clearly visible on our Mammograms is withheld. It is unacceptable that women are kept in the dark about what their Mammogram indicates about their Personal Risk Factor for Breast Cancer. It’s time for Change. Those of us who engage in Breast Cancer Screening do so hoping that ours will be all clear but we also want to have personal risk factors made known to us.

Not for one minute does any woman want the abridged version of what CLEAR is.  Your Mammogram holds answers and information that you should have. Your Breast Density Matters.

If you have Dense Breasts; level C or D you need to talk to your Drs about additional, essential Ultrasound or MRI, because Mammograms miss 50% of Cancers in Dense Breasts. has been in contact with political representatives in the Oireachtas in relation to this. We welcome any intervention that can influence this in a positive way. Siobhán Freeney Ireland

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