As you may know, because you’ve either gone through it looked into it, or know someone who has, breast cancer detection is not as obvious as it sometimes is made out to be.
There are many factors involved but one that’s pretty important is if an individual has dense breast tissue.
If you’ve been through this and are now doing follow-up mammograms, you know that your insurance company wants you to get follow-up mammograms, regardless of breast density.
This becomes a huge waste of time and money and is a blind eye being turned away from the bureaucracy of the system.
Having dense breast tissue pretty much can fool a mammogram test, and State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) has released a public service announcement on the issue. The announcement, in the form of an video, highlights Santa Cruz resident Amy Colton, whose story involves having her breast cancer missed for seven years because of dense tissue.
“On Tuesday, September 11, Simitian, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Breast Cancer Awareness and Detection, is hosting a forum on the risks associated with dense breast tissue and what women should be discussing with their doctors. “
It’s estimated that 40% of women who get mammograms have dense tissues. Dense tissue increases the risk of breast cancer as well as makes it harder for it to be detected in the base method of screening.
“Simitian is the author of Senate Bill 1538, legislation to improve cancer detection by requiring that women be informed of their breast density and how that may affect mammography results. “
If you’re interested in the public forum he’s holding regarding this issue, it takes place on Tuesday, September 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Oshman Family JCC; 3921 Fabian Way; Palo Alto, CA 94303.
“To attend, please RSVP online at senatorsimitian.com or by calling 650-688-6384 or 408-277-9460.
For more information, see senatorsimitian.com”
Here comes my pitch:
If you want to help out, all it takes is ONE DOLLAR! Honestly. My best example of why that is, is if 3 million people watch a fund raiser on TV and all they did is contribute $1, well, you do the math. But in my head, that’s a foot up on research against this nasty condition. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but seriously, if I had every reader that hit up my site send a buck, that’s several thousand dollars in assistance of some kind to the fight against cancer. I have contribution links in my sidebar if you’re interested. If you don’t like my links but still want to, that’s fine too. Donate to the cause that best matches your beliefs and help in the fight against this thing.
OK, end pitch. Thanks for reading!
Oh, FYI: CA Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill last year. WTH?