Margie Singleton was interviewed on WSAV3 about Margies Law!

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Margie Singleton was interviewed on WTOC about the Georgia Bill 61.

BREAST DENSITY: THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN BREAST CANCER

WHAT ARE DENSE BREASTS?

Dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more fibrous and connective tissue. It appears white on a mammogram – as does cancer. A radiologist determines breast density during a mammogram so only a mammogram can show if a woman has dense breasts!

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE DENSE BREASTS?

• Conduct monthly breast self-exams.
• Schedule a mammogram and thorough physician exam yearly.
• Obtain a copy of your mammogram report and carefully read the descriptions of your breast density tissue.
• Ask your doctor about additional screening options (ultrasound, breast MRI, etc.).

THE TRUTH ABOUT DENSE BREASTS

• 40-50% of all women have dense breast
tissue.
• Women with high breast density are 4-5 times more likely to get breast cancer.
• A mammogram misses the presence of cancer in patients with dense breasts 1 out of every 2 times.
• Dense breast tissue CANNOT be felt in a clinical breast exam or self-exam.
• According to the National Cancer Institute, women with dense breasts are more likely to have false-negative mammograms than women who do not.
• Recent research studies have linked dense breasts
to an increased risk of having breast cancer in both breasts.
• In a survey conducted by the Working Mother Research Institute (WMRI), over 7 out of 10 respondents are now aware of the link between breast cancer and having dense breast tissue.

BREAST DENSITY CATEGORIES

A – The breasts are almost entirely composed of fatty tissue.
B – The breasts have scattered areas of fibroglandular density.
C – The breasts are heterogeneously dense, which may obscure small masses.
D – The breasts are extremely dense, which lowers the sensitivity of mammography.

If you are told that you have dense breasts, it means you have either “heterogeneously dense” (C) or “extremely dense” (D) breasts.

Early diagnosis of breast cancer significantly increases the chance of
recovery!

SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER

The first sign of breast cancer is usually an area of thickened tissue or a lump in the breast or armpit. Other symptoms include:
• Pain in the armpits or breast that does not change with the monthly menstrual cycle
• Pitting or redness of breast skin, similar to that of an orange peel
• A rash around or on one of the nipples
• Discharge from a nipple, possibly containing blood
• A sunken or inverted nipple
• A change in the size or shape of breasts
• Re-occuring pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
• Swelling, warmth, or darkness of the breasts
• Peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin on the breast or nipples
Most lumps are not cancerous, but women should have them checked by a health care professional.

If you have one or more of these symptoms and think you might have breast cancer, don’t panic. Contact your health- care provider and schedule your annual mammogram.