October 04, 2016 0 comments

Breast Density Matters

Thanks to our generous donor community, we are very proud to support Associate Professor Wendy Ingman’s important research into the area of breast density.

Today, A/Prof Ingman, Lead Researcher, Breast and Biology Unit at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research, is part of a collaborative announcement by a group called INFORMD (INformation FORum on Mammographic Density) to raise awareness of the importance of breast density, in the hopes of improving cancer diagnosis and health outcomes for Australian women.

According to The University of Adelaide media release issued today, almost 8 per cent of women have extremely high breast density, which can make it harder for health professionals to detect breast cancer on a screening mammogram. These women are also more likely to develop breast cancer in the future.

“Breast cancer is more likely to develop in women with dense breast tissue, but not many women know if they have dense breast tissue. We believe it’s important to inform women about breast density so they can make the right choices for their health,” A/Prof Ingman said in the media release.

To find out more about this announcement, please download the media release issued by The University of Adelaide and further information can be found by visiting INFORMD.org.au.

As a supporter of Australian Breast Cancer Research, you can feel proud that A/Prof Ingman is so passionate about her area of research and with your help, she is able to further her research into breast density.

A/Prof Ingman and her research team are investigating why the underlying cellular mechanisms of the breast are susceptible to cancer in the hopes of preventing the disease from affecting other women in the future.

By increasing prevention and early detection of breast cancer, and by increasing the understanding and better utilisation of breast cancer screening in Australia, we can help lower the impact of this heartbreaking disease. Thank you for your support!

What can you do now?

  • Mammography remains the gold standard for breast cancer screening. The researchers encourage women to use the opportunity to have free regular mammograms through BreastScreen services across Australia.
  • Women can have their breast density assessed through a mammogram, which can be arranged through their GP.
  • Supplementary screening methods, including ultrasound and MRI, are available for women to be used in addition to mammography. However, it is important that women consider the costs, both emotional and financial, and the risk of false positive results associated with these other technologies.
  • Be breast aware. All women, regardless of age, can be familiar with their breasts and check them regularly. Any changes should be reported to their doctor.

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