The Roller Coaster Ride to Living: My Bones or My Breasts?

April 10, 2015 9:56 PM

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It's been more than a decade since my advanced stage 3C premenopausal breast cancer diagnosis in 2004. Despite never missing my annual mammography exam, dense breast tissue masked my cancer for years and, once palpable, had metastasized to 13 lymph nodes. Facing an advanced cancer diagnosis which conveys worse survivor outcomes, I was shocked and later outraged that my extremely "dense" tissue, which was not revealed to me, significantly reduced the effectiveness of my screening mammogram which is purposed to detect cancer at its earliest stage.

For decades, research has demonstrated that breast density is the strongest predictor of the failure of mammography to detect cancer which affects 40 percent of women and that adjunct screenings tests can significantly detect invasive cancer, invisible by mammogram, in women with dense breast tissue...

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