This week a good friend asked me why I continue to engage with and tell my story. “Is it not a constant reminder of what happened, does it not bring up bad memories and feelings?” We chatted away about it for some time. I thought about it for quite some time after too. It would be … More A Vested Interest
This week women all over Ireland, myself included, welcomed the return of our Breast Cancer Screening Program, which had been suspended since March due to Covid. We urge ALL women to take up the offer of a Free BreastCheck Screening Mammogram, it is so important that you do. Is YOUR Free Mammogram enough? The answer … More Your ‘Free’ Mammogram is it enough?
If it was something that couldn’t be seen, I would find it easier to understand and to accept. It is however, Clearly Visible. The problem arises when a woman goes for her screening mammogram. Her radiologist can see if the woman has extremely Dense Breasts. Sometimes so Dense in fact, that it is impossible to … More Visibility Malfunction
I started Breast Screening in my 40s. There’s no history of Breast Cancer in my family. When I turned 50 I was advised to register with BreastCheck the National Breast Cancer Screening service. I never missed an appointment. I was never recalled by BreastCheck for additional screening and all my Mammograms were reported clear. I … More In your Breast Interests
Your Breast Density Matters http://www.Beingdense.com is an Irish Patient Advocacy established by Lobular Breast Cancer patient, Siobhán Freeney who lives in County Wexford on the East coast of Ireland. Improved screening methods for women with dense breasts are needed because of their increased risk of breast cancer and of failed early diagnosis by screening mammography. https://beingdense.com/2020/07/10/be-the-change-you-wish-to-see-in-the-world/ … More Women’s Health Imaging
Anyone familiar with http://www.beingdense.com will know that I am a Patient Advocate based in Ireland. I am very vocal about Breast Density and the lack of routine information that is provided to women when their Screening Mammogram identifies that they have Dense Breasts. My path to Patient Advocacy was brought about and paved with a … More Be the change you wish to see in the world
The first time I saw the words BREAST DENSITY I was sitting in a local hairdressers. I remember it so well because that same week I had been diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer. It was a few days before Christmas 2015 and I was already poignantly aware of what the New Year held in … More An Entirely Different Story
There has been a long running debate about Breast Density and the associated risks in terms of Breast Cancer. Beingdense.com have written about it often. We had the great privilege to co-host the first ever Irish Seminar on Mammographic Breast Density with http://www.BreastPredict.com in June 2019. I want to share a bit of the more … More Is that Clear?
It’s been a while since I have written a piece for my blog on Breast Density. I’ve been busy throughout December with Breast Cancer follow up screening and scans. December will be forever marred by the memory of those words ‘You have Breast Cancer’, but it’s the start of a new decade and it brings … More An evening with Being Dense in 2019
Women in Ireland are NOT routinely told about their Breast Density. http://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-advances-landmark-policy-changes-modernize-mammography-services-and-improve-their-quality Among the proposed amendments to improve communication and medical decision making is the addition of breast density information to the mammography lay summary letter provided to patients and to the medical report provided to their referring health care professionals. Mammograms of dense breasts—breasts … More Mammographic Breast Density – are you Dense?