Breast Imaging And The Detection Of Breast Cancer

Breast imaging and the detection of breast cancer


Breast cancer was the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2014. It was also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in females. Mammographic density is a term used to measure and compare the different types of breast tissue visible on a mammogram. Cancers can sometimes be hidden or ‘masked’ on a mammogram image if the breasts are very dense. It is harder to pick up cancers on mammograms of dense breasts than on mammograms of mostly fatty breasts. Research also shows that breast density can itself be a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Breast screening is the best method of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. Early detection offers the best chance of successful treatment and recovery. GPs play an important role across the cancer continuum: in primary cancer prevention, discussing and delivering cancer screening tests, accurately diagnosing people with cancer when they present in the community, and providing supportive care during and after treatment.


  1. Identify and discuss the best screening practices currently available.
  2. Outline implications and management of Breast Density classification.
  3. Discuss the new Breast Screen Victoria Breast cancer risk guidelines.
Breast imaging and the detection of breast cancer
  • Presenter(s):Bronwen Slater
  • Host:Cabrini
  • Duration:57.07 min
  • Activity ID:159205
  • QI&CPD Points:2
  • Provider:Cabrini

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