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Breast density

BreastScreen Queensland recognizes there is current commentary around breast density and screening practices for women with dense breast tissue.

Breast density cannot be seen or felt. Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous, glandular and fatty tissue and so breasts are considered dense if there is a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat.

Breasts tend to become less dense as women get older with about 40% of women in their 50’s and 25% of women aged 60+ having dense breasts.

Australian and international researchers have been investigating breast density for many years, trying to find validated evidenced-based methods to measure it, but there is currently no consensus about the most effective way to do this.

BreastScreen Australia supports research, greater discussion, and public awareness of breast density.

BreastScreen Australia recommends that a regular breast screen remains the best way of monitoring for any change in breast tissue with early detection giving women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

It is important for women to be aware of the normal look and feel of their breasts. If a change of the breast such as a lump, nipple discharge or pain is experienced it is recommended that medical advice is sought to ensure the most appropriate care is obtained.

BreastScreen Australia: Position Statement on Breast Density and Screening within the BreastScreen Australia Program and Frequently Asked Questions.

Media:

Unproven technologies

BreastScreen Australia: Statement on the use of thermography to detect breast cancer
Cancer Council warns about unproven breast imaging
National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre position statement on thermography
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists:
Policy on the use of thermography to detect breast cancer
ABC News: Breastscreen is best says Cancer Institute

Thyroid Guards

Queensland Health Media Statement: Women warned about false thyroid cancer claims

Useful Websites:

Australia

BreastScreen Australia - www.cancerscreening.gov.au
Cancer Australia - www.canceraustralia.gov.au
Breast Cancer Network Australia - www.bcna.org.au
National Breast Cancer Foundation - www.nbcf.org.au

Queensland

Cancer Council Queensland - www.cancerqld.org.au
Breast Cancer Association of Queensland - www.bcaq.com

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Last reviewed 13 June 2018 Last updated 15 June 2018

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BreastScreen Queensland reopens

Following a temporary suspension of routine breast screening across the State, some BreastScreen Queensland services are starting to screen again.

The recommencement of breast screening varies across the State. If you had an appointment cancelled, your local service will contact you to schedule a new appointment.

BreastScreen Queensland is an important early detection service for women, which reduces illness and death from breast cancer. To make an appointment please call us on 13 20 50 or book online.

Please note that online bookings are currently not available for the Rockhampton and Wide Bay Services, however, if you live in these areas you can still access your online account to view mail from BreastScreen Queensland, including reminders, forms, your results and update your personal details if needed.

We understand that some women may have concerns about attending screening at this time. If this is you, please talk to your doctor who knows you best, about whether breast screening at this time is right for you based on your individual circumstances.

The wellbeing of women and our staff is always our top priority and BreastScreen Queensland services are implementing a range of strategies to minimise and address risks from COVID-19 for women who attend for breast screening and our staff. As such, we ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling unwell or you are required to self-quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19.

All women are encouraged to remain aware of the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any changes please see your doctor immediately, do not wait until your next breast screen. Breast changes to look out for include:

If you have any questions or concerns, please call your local BreastScreen Queensland service on 13 20 50.

We will continue to keep you updated here on our website about the availability of breast screening services during this time.

For more information about COVID-19 or visit www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

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