Currently, there is not much literature on how women perceive breast density and its association with breast cancer risk. Researchers sought to look into how women viewed breast density as a risk factor compared with other risk factors, as well as investigate the population’s knowledge of risk reduction. Telephone surveys and semi-structured interviews were used in this mixed-methods qualitative study, with 2,306 eligible women 40 to 60 years of age who had recently had a mammography, no previous breast cancer history, and had been aware of breast density. The responses of the participants showed that education regarding breast cancer risks and prevention strategies is necessary, as the majority of the interviewees did not find that breast density was a risk factor in addition to not having confidence in lessening their risk of breast cancer.

Reference: Beidler LB, Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Perceptions of Breast Cancer Risks Among Women Receiving Mammograph Screening. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(1):e2252209. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.52209