Brooke Nickel

Brooke Nickel, BSc Hons, MIPH, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The University of Sydney School of Public Health. 

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Her research focuses on understanding the psychosocial impact of cancer diagnosis and treatment, and how to improve cancer communication and decision making. Her research which examines how different labels for low risk thyroid cancer impacts treatment decision making and patient outcomes including quality of life has been published in high impact journals in the field including Thyroid, JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, and The BMJ. This work has re-opened the discussion and debate about the labelling and the impact of low risk cancer diagnoses internationally.

 

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Abstract:

Breast density in Australia: a mixed-method investigation of current perspectives to inform future mammography screening practice

Notifying women of their breast density has now been legislated in the US to reduce the risk of breast cancer. However, the current evidence to support widespread breast density notification at a population level is still lacking and the balance between the benefits and harms for an individual woman is far from clear. Australia's national screening program and its state-based screening services are currently grappling with how best to deal with the issue of informing women about their breast density in the absence of any robust national evidence.

 

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