Breast Density & Breast Cancer Risk

What every Woman Should Know

MammogramBreast Density is seldom discussed by doctors with their female patients -yet it is one of the most important risk factors associated with the likelihood of developing breast cancer.  Women with dense breasts are 6 times more likely to get breast cancer than women with less dense breasts.  Dense breasts can also mask tumours in mammograms.

The attached article, reprinted from the Toronto Star,  provides important information that every woman should know about breast density.

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I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Dense Breasts Canada
Vaughan, Canada

JUN 20, 2018

We’re super excited to share our video with you and we are really grateful to the women who so graciously and eloquently talk about their breast cancer experiences. 5 women, 5 stories. No one told them their breast density or the implications. Please watch and also share this link with all the women who are important to you

Thank you.

New from Japan

Researchers in Japan have developed a new way to detect breast cancer

By The Japan News
Mon., May 21, 2018

KOBE, JAPAN—A group led by Kobe University has developed a new image inspection method to detect breast cancer with high accuracy by using a transmitter that sends weak radio signals when placed over the breast.

The method provides clear three-dimensional images without inflicting pain on patients, unlike mammograms that are currently used for breast cancer screenings, according to the group. The group aims to start clinical trials in fiscal 2019 in a bid to spread the new technique in screenings.

Kobe University professor Kenjiro Kimura, a specialist in metrology, and other researchers looked at the fact that breasts are mostly made of fat, with radio waves deflecting body tissue but penetrating fat.

The group established the method of instantly creating a stereoscopic image of cancerous tumours by transmitting radio waves to a breast and analyzing the waves that were deflected off tumours.

In mammograms, patients often feel pain because their breasts are compressed between plates. Moreover, in the case of women with dense breast tissue, the overall image is whitish, making it difficult to detect abnormal areas, which also appear as white.

The new method is painless and, most importantly, is capable of clearly detecting tumours. It is also free from radiation exposure, and the radio wave energy involved is no more than 0.1 per cent of the radio waves transmitted from mobile phones.

The group looked into the accuracy of the new method by testing about 200 people, including cancer patients with dense breast tissue. The results matched with over 90 per cent of the results of other types of examinations such as mammograms, ultrasonographic scans and biopsies. The group was also able to detect early-stage cancer, which is difficult to detect using standard methods.

“I hope to commercialize this method through medical equipment by around 2021 by getting co-operation from major manufacturers,” Kimura said.

Mitsuhiro Tozaki, head of the radiology department of Sagara Hospital’s Breast Centre in Kagoshima, said: “Women with dense breast tissue account for about 80 per cent of all women, so it is vital to develop an examination method to replace mammograms. The method may be applied to other medical uses such as examining the effectiveness of drug treatments.”