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Breast density appears white or bright on mammograms – so do breast cancers. Tomas K/Shutterstock

Women should be told about their breast density when they have a mammogram

Women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer. Density also makes it harder for doctors to detect breast cancer on a mammogram.
An independent UK inquiry estimated that perhaps one in five of the cancers detected via breast cancer screening are overdiagnosed. Army Medicine/Flickr

Most people want to know risk of overdiagnosis, but aren’t told

Researchers have been talking about the dangers of overdiagnosis for some time. But now a national survey shows most people aren't told about the risk it poses to their health – and they want to know.
While we search for a cure, we are still searching for cause. A volunteer hangs bras during a promotion against breast cancer in Switzerland in 2008. Ruben Sprich/Reuters

The mystery of breast cancer

Major causes have been identified for most common cancers, like liver and lung. But we still haven't identified one for breast cancer.
Most people overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harms of medical intervention. Barbara M./Flickr

Great expectations: our naive optimism about medical care

“It might do me some good and it won’t hurt to give it a go.” How often have you heard a phrase like this? Most people have naïve optimism about medical care. That’s the finding of a systematic review…
We’re yet to find an alternative way to better detect breast cancer in women with dense breasts. CristinaMuraca/Shutterstock

How does breast density impact on cancer screening?

We’ve known for some time that women with dense breasts are at higher risk of breast cancers that are difficult to detect by mammography. To address this problem, 19 US states have introduced laws requiring…
Today Show host, Lisa Wilkinson, undergoing a mammogram live on the Channel 9’s Today Show. PR IMAGE /AAP

Celebrity breast screening: all that glitters is not gold

Celebrities have taken to “live” mammograms on television, undergoing this usually very private procedure in a rather public way. This includes Today show co-host Lisa Wilkinson, and news presenter, Georgie…

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