Taking control of your breast health begins with awareness.
Awareness of your breast cancer risks. Awareness of your screening and testing options. And, awareness of your breast density.
Advocate for Your own health
YOU are the most passionate advocate for your own breast health. The more you know about your breast health, the better you are able to have knowledgeable conversations with your doctor and to make personal healthcare decisions. Remember your breasts are unique - different tests for different breasts.
Know your risk. Know your density.
It is important to understand your personal risk factors for breast cancer. Make sure to talk to your doctor about risk factors like breast density and other factors that may increase or decrease your risk of developing breast cancer. If you learn that you have dense breasts, ask your doctor if additional testing may be right for you.
>> What questions should I be asking my doctor?
A 2014 Working Mother Research Institute study found that 47% of American women were not aware of their breast density15. Not only does dense breast tissue breast density hide the appearance of cancer on a mammogram, it is also a risk factor independently linked with an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. You have the right to know your breast density. If your breast density is not included in your mammogram results, ask your doctor. If you’ve been told you have high breast density, ask your doctor if additional imaging tests like Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) would be right for you.
>> What is breast density?
>> Download the full Working Mother Research Institute Report: Diagnosis Anxiety - Breast Screening Report.
In some states, it’s the law
Based on growing awareness of the elevated cancer risk of dense breast tissue, many states have passed laws requiring radiologists to directly inform patients if they have dense breast tissue. In these states, if a woman has dense breasts, the letter conveying her mammographic results will now inform her of her breast density and the limitations of mammography to find cancer in dense breast tissue.
>> Download a sample density inform lay letter for states with a density inform law.
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