BreastScreen Victoria acknowledges commentary around breast density and screening practices for women with dense breast tissue.
Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Your breasts are considered dense if you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat.
Australian and international researchers have been investigating breasts density for many years but there is currently no consistent way to measure it.
BreastScreen Australia supports research, greater discussion, and public awareness of breast density, and has released a Position Statement on breast density and screening.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists has also released a Position Statement on 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.
While you will not be able to feel if you have dense breasts, it is important to be aware of the normal look and feel of your breasts. If you have an unusual change in your breasts such as a lump, nipple discharge or pain we suggest you see your doctor to ensure you receive the most appropriate care.
If you are concerned about breast density, you can call Cancer Council Victoria on 13 11 20 to talk to a cancer nurse.
Media contact: Matthew Scanlon, Director of Communications and Client Recruitment, (03) 9660 6891 or 0437 566 435.