|Date of diagnosis:||June, 2014|
|Age at time of diagnosis: ||65|
|Stage of diagnosis: |
Time from Normal Mammogram: How was cancer diagnosed:
|Stage 1 7 months|
Ultrasound - 3D mammography was Normal
Jean's Story: Even though I live in Virginia, I went to one of the best breast centers in New York State. I often had to return for biopsies but no one ever mentioned that I might benefit from an ultrasound because of my dense breast tissue. I trusted them and am so mad at what happened to me. They knew that mammograms are limited in dense breasts but no one ever recommenced an ultrasound
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Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer.
Two-thirds of pre-menopausal women and 1/4 of post menopausal women have dense breast tissue.
Adding more sensitive tests to mammography significantly increase detection of invasive cancers that are small and node negative.
Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breasts than those with the most fatty tissue.
While a mammogram detects 98% of cancers in women with fatty breasts, it finds only 48% in women with the densest breasts.
A woman at average risk and a woman at high risk have an EQUAL chance of having their cancer masked by mammogram.
Women with dense breasts who had breast cancer have a four times higher risk of recurrence than women with less-dense breasts.
A substantial proportion of Breast Cancer can be attributed to high breast density alone.
There are too many women who are unaware of their breast density, believe their “Happy Gram” when it reports no significant findings and are at risk of receiving a later stage cancer diagnosis.