New: Updated Resource - Are You Dense Brochure

ACR BIRADS® ATLAS (5th edition, 2013)

The ACR BIRADS®  5th edition (2013) was recently issued. There are changes in density reporting - Letters A, B, C, D replace numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 as to not confuse the breast tissue composition scale with the mammographic (0-6) findings scale. 

Be informed about mammography reporting.  Bring this educational resource with you as you communicate with your health care providers about your breast health and personal screening surveillance. 

Click here to download the English Tri-Fold Brochure

Click here to download the English 2-page Brochure

Click here to download the Spanish Tri-Fold Brochure

Click here to download the Spanish 2-page Brochure

The Are You Dense Brochure in Japanese Here

The Are You Dense Brochure in French Here

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  • Are You Dense? Fact #1:

    Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #2:

    Two-thirds of pre-menopausal women and 40% of post-menopausal women have dense breast tissue. 

  • Are You Dense? Fact #3:

    Adding more sensitive tests to mammography significantly increase detection of invasive cancers that are small and node negative.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #4:

    American College of Radiology describes women with "Dense Breast Tissue" as having a higher than average risk of Breast Cancer.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #5:

    While a mammogram detects 98% of cancers in women with fatty breasts, it finds only 48% in women with dense breasts.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #6:

    A woman at average risk and a woman at high risk have an EQUAL chance of having their cancer masked by mammogram.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #7:

    Women with dense breasts who had breast cancer have a four times higher risk of recurrence than women with less-dense breasts.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #8:

    A substantial proportion of Breast Cancer can be attributed to high breast density alone.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #9:

    Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breasts than those with the most fatty tissue.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #10

    There are too many women who are unaware of their breast density, believe their “Happy Gram” when it reports no significant findings and are at risk of receiving a later stage cancer diagnosis.