O’Loughlin supports Being Dense calls for BreastCheck to inform women of their personal breast density 

Published on: 14 April 2021

 Fianna Fáil Senator and the Chairperson of the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus, Fiona O’Loughlin, this week met with Being Dense and supported their calls for women who participate in the National Breast Cancer Screening Programme, BreastCheck, to be routinely informed of their personal breast density.   

Being Dense is an advocacy organisation promoting awareness of breast density and the relevance of essential supplemental screening, breast Ultrasound and MRI, for women with dense breasts.   

Following the meeting, Senator Fiona O’Loughlin, commented, “Breast density is an independent risk factor for breast cancer.  43% of women have dense breasts but this cohort of women are not routinely notified about their breast density or the associated breast screening limitations.  

“I met with Being Dense and I am supporting their calls for women, as part of the BreastCheck screening programme, to be informed of their personal breast density.   

“Having dense breasts impairs detection of cancer on a mammogram, a delayed or missed diagnosis is more likely with dense breasts – this needs to be looked at as part of the BreastCheck programme and I am committed to working with Being Dense to raise awareness on this issue” concluded the Kildare South Senator. 

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