Mammographic breast density is the breast cancer screening standard women should demand

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High mammographic breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer

 At Wellend Health, we have been advocating for understanding about the links between high mammographic breast density and the need for improved screening for a long time.

There are more and more voices joining the discussion, demanding that women are provided with this important information about their health. In a recently published article, Dr Gelareh Farshid, the Clinical Director of BreastScreen SA, pointed out:

“in the USA, legislation in most states requires radiology providers to notify women of their mammographic density, explain the impact of mammographic density on cancer detection and provide suggestions for supplemental screening”. [1] 

Currently, BreastSreen SA are unable to provide this information to women.  Dr Jones and Partners is the only radiology company in SA to offer validated, automated volumetric density tools. However, there is an out of pocket expense for these high quality mammograms.

She argued that screening services need to be “supported financially, logistically and politically to make mammographic density information routinely available to all”.

Let’s hope that the Minster for Health is listening!


Breast density and hormones – the link

It’s great to see that organisations such as the International Menopause Society are also working to get the message about breast desnity and hormones out to doctors.

An article by Amos Pines from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, was recently published in their Newsletter to doctors. In summary, he desrcibed how a re-analysis of information from the Women’s Health Initiative trial “once again points at the importance of the change in mammographic density over time in the prediction of breast cancer risk”. In women taking oestrogen and progestin each 1% increase in change in mammographic breast density  increased breast cancer risk by 3%.

He concluded by saying that “breast density and changes in density over time correlate with breast cancer risk”.

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[1] Farshid G. Routine reporting of mammographic density from screening mammograms. ANZ J Surg 2017 Dec;87(12):965-967.