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
I would like to introduce you to Gail Zeamer, a wonderful Patient Advocate that I have long admired from afar. Gail and I have never met, she lives in Wisconsin but we share a passion for Breast Density Advocacy. We also share a similarly delayed Breast Cancer diagnosis which was definitely the catalyst for each … More A View From The Eye of The Storm
you’re not Dense but are you’re breasts? … More You’re not Dense but are your breasts?
There has been exciting news circulating this week in relation to Standardisation of Breast Density inform policies for women in the US. Screening programs and centres that provide mammograms to screen for breast cancer will have to tell women whether they have dense breast tissue, which can increase the risk of cancer and mask tumors, … More Not just for Mums
I have just read a wonderful article from Professor Jack Cuzick. In it he writes about personalised screening and biological signposts. He refers to Breast Cancer as the Epidemic of our Century. As most of you will know I began http://www.beingdense.com at the start of 2016 following my own diagnosis of Breast Cancer. Breast Density … More Breast Cancer the Epidemic of our Century
Thank you for reading this and please share it when you have. 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 … More 50% Not nearly Enough
There is growing concern that Irish women are not aware of the significance of breast density in the diagnosis and prevention of breast cancer. About 50% of all women have Dense Breasts. Almost 8% of women aged between 40-74 years have extremely dense breasts. It is estimated that women with extremely high breast density have … More “Like looking for a snow ball in a snow storm”
Mammography has been the accepted ‘Gold Standard’ when it comes to breast cancer screening. There is growing acknowledgement however, among researchers, that Breast Density affects the sensitivity of Mammograms. Decades of research supports this and there is mounting global discussion as to why Breast Density is not being reported to women. 40% of women in the … More Tests miss cancer risk in dense breast tissue
“Mammogram” “survivor” “cancer” familiar words to most of us. “Breast Density”, is a less familiar term that connects all these words. Women need to know about it, so please, please share. High Blood pressure or high Cholesterol can go unseen but when discovered, will usually prompt an immediate response from your medical team. If not monitored or … More Breast Density, an omission in current Breast screening reporting.
Discover why women in Ireland must be made aware of their Breast Density and the associated risk linked to Breast Cancer. It’s important to know why women need to know. It’s critical then to act accordingly to ensure that women are informed. Beingdense.com would hope that in 2020 an open, nuanced and evidence-based societal discussion … More Breast Density – A 2020 Discussion