The day I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Friday 18th December 2015 was a bleak, grey, gloomy day, in every sense. We left home at 5.45 am to avoid the school and Christmas traffic congestion, we drove the entire journey in a virtual silence. Silence really is not always golden and can be full of … More To Google or not after a diagnosis
We are midway through October 2018, Breast Cancer Awareness month and I realised today that it will be 3 yrs in December since I heard the words, you have Breast Cancer. In those 3 years I have learned a good deal about Breast Cancer and in particular a little known or spoken about risk factor … More What I have learned about Being Dense
Dealing with a Cancer diagnosis is without doubt one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. The word Cancer has always had the power to strike fear into us and when you hear it applied to yourself for the first time it sets off a chain reaction of feelings from uncertainty to anxiety, … More Finding it Small Matters
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
Two years ago Beingdense.com began an awareness initiative for Irish women on the subject of Breast Density. We began having read an article writren by Nancy Cappello a breast cancer survivor with dense breasts, who spearheaded the Breast Density Notification law in the State of Connecticut in 2009. To date, 30 other states have followed suit . … More Light it up, let’s talk!
“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.
DenseBreast-info.org (DB-I), the most comprehensive, medically-sourced website on breast density, today announced plans for international expansion with specialized content for Europe and neighboring countries. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among European women, and about 40% of both American and European women have dense breasts. Dense breast tissue can mask cancer detection on … More Breast Density Destination Europe
This is worth reading and sharing and talking about 👭 In fact we won’t STOP talking about Breast Density until Irish Breast Screening professionals START talking about it. It’s time to take the Irish Breast Density conversation further. Discover why women in Ireland must be made aware of their Breast Density and the associated risk … More Breast Density conversation Down Under