Breast Density: The State of Play in Australia
The infographic in the link below highlights the important issues and statistics relating to Breast Density.
Did you know? Breasts are made up of 3 types of tissue – fatty, fibrous and glandular tissue. Every woman is unique and has a different amount of these 3 types of tissue. A person with dense breasts – on a mammogram – has less fatty tissue and more glandular and fibrous tissue.
Some breasts are mostly made up of fatty tissue while others are mostly made up of glandular and fibrous tissue, and these are known as dense breasts.
“Women with dense breasts have a 4 to 5 times increased risk of breast cancer compared to women with low breast density.”
It is currently unclear as to why this is, so more research is needed in this field.
Dense breast tissue appears whiter on a mammogram image. This makes it more difficult for radiologists to interpret and often results in the need for additional imaging. There is also an increased risk of breast cancer not being detected by a standard mammogram in women with dense breasts.
Breast density affects over 2 million Australian women. And so, we are asking the Federal Government to intervene on state-by-state approach to ensure all women – not just those in WA – are advised if they have dense breasts.
For more information, download and read our infographic here!