What is Dense Breast Tissue?
Dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more connective tissue which appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also appears white on a mammogram thus tumors are often hidden behind the dense tissue.
Women with dense breasts who have breast cancer are at an increased risk of being diagnosed at a late stage.
Breast density is consistently associated with breast cancer risk, more strongly than many other risk factors and extensive breast density may account for a substantial fraction of breast cancer. – Journal of National Cancer Institute
Dense breasts are the number one reason for missed breast cancer in mammography.
– Dr. Ruthane Reginella, Director of Women’s Imaging, Butler Health System
Click here to read Dr. Reginella’s article on Breast MRI
Click here to read Dr. Wendie Berg’s article on Screening for Women with Dense Breasts, High-Risk Factors
How Can You Help?
Thanks to the Breast Density Notification Act of 2014, many women now know their level of breast density. Women with dense breasts may require additional testing such as MRI or ultrasound to detect their breast cancer. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition fought to pass Senate Bill 595 which now requires insurers to cover those additional screenings for women across the state. Our latest legislation, Senate Bill 1225 sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch, eliminates out-of-pocket costs (co-pay, deductible, co-insurance) for breast MRI and ultrasound for women at high-risk for breast cancer.
Will you take action with us? Contact your state lawmaker and ask him/her to vote “yes” on Senate Bill 1225 for no-cost breast MRI and ultrasound for women at high-risk. Click here to find your lawmaker.
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