The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) has updated its position on breast density reporting, recommending that all individuals attending mammography in Australia and New Zealand be notified of their breast density. The updated Breast Density Position Statement reads,
“Whilst a future risk-based model for breast cancer screening is being developed, RANZCR recommends mandating the reporting of breast density in both screening and diagnostic
settings in Australia and New Zealand.”
Accompanying recommendations include the importance of being breast aware, regardless of one’s breast density, and to consider all potential risk factors for breast cancer in combination. The Breast Density Position Statement also recommends validated tools to assess individual risk such as iPrevent and IBIS. The IBIS tool includes breast density in its risk assessment, iPrevent does not.
The Breast Density Position Statement also stresses that “RANZCR supports discussion and collaboration between a patient and their healthcare team to encourage shared decision making.”