Cancer Council Victoria's Emily Wigney said breast and gynaecological cancers touch many lives in one form or another. Increased breast density means that you have more connective tissue, glands and ducts than fat as seen on a mammogram.
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The abbreviated breast MRI is only provided to women with dense breasts who have had a mammogram within the previous 12 months, are age 40 or over, have no symptoms of breast disease, no history of breast cancer and no gene mutation.
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Dr Nsiah-Asare said late presentation of breast cancer cases was due to low awareness and unavailable mass screening programmes; non-accessibility of specialised treatment centres, and socio-cultural beliefs even among the elite, including women and females in the health profession.
Over the last decade, much has been done across the country to educate women about dense breasts and ensure they receive the proper screenings.
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I was diagnosed back in 2003 with stage two invasive breast cancer and needless to say it was quite a shock to me and my family.
Breast MRI is an imaging technology that uses radio waves and strong magnets to make detailed cross-sectional pictures of the inside of the breast. Yet there have been instances where mammograms of older women in menopause indicate dense breasts as well.
"But you want to know because if you've inherited it".
When Tanya found the pea-size lump, she had her GP examine it just one week later and although her GP thought she was too young for breast cancer, Tanya was referred for further tests which revealed she had cancer.
Physical activity has also been associated with reduced breast cancer risk in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women.
The event has become a huge operation for the organiser and her loyal group and every penny goes to Against Breast Cancer, where Ms Chattoe sits on the chair of trustees. Since dense breast tissue appears white on a mammogram, it's more hard to identify a tumor with traditional 2D mammography. If you have firm breasts, it does not mean you have dense breasts.
In Tauranga, 120 people were referred to the Breast Cancer Support Service past year.