Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 270–274 | Cite as

Knowledge of Breast Density and Awareness of Related Breast Cancer Risk

  • Mark A. Manning
  • Neb Duric
  • Peter Littrup
  • Lisa Bey-Knight
  • Louis Penner
  • Terrance L. Albrecht


Little is known about women’s knowledge of breast density or between-race differences in this knowledge. In the current study, we examined knowledge of breast density and awareness of its role as a breast cancer risk factor among women who had previously taken part in a breast imaging study. Seventy-seven women (54.5 % Black) returned a survey assessing perceptions and accuracy of breast density knowledge, knowledge of one’s own breast density, and breast cancer risk awareness. White women had greater perceived knowledge of breast density compared to Black women; however, differences in the accuracy of definitions of breast density were due to education. Black women were less likely to know how dense their own breasts were. Black and White women both lacked awareness that having dense breast increased breast cancer risk. The results highlight the need to disseminate information regarding breast density to women, while ensuring that the information is equally accessible to both Black and White women.


Breast density Breast cancer Cancer risk awareness Cancer screening 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark A. Manning
    • 1
  • Neb Duric
    • 1
  • Peter Littrup
    • 1
  • Lisa Bey-Knight
    • 1
  • Louis Penner
    • 1
  • Terrance L. Albrecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OncologyKarmanos Cancer Institute/Wayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA

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