News and events

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.


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:


BreastScreen Australia -
Cancer Australia -
Breast Cancer Network Australia -
National Breast Cancer Foundation -


Cancer Council Queensland -
Breast Cancer Association of Queensland -

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Last reviewed 13 June 2018 Last updated 15 June 2018