Breast Density Facts: Courtesy of the CLUW Women’s Health and Wellness Committee
Updated On: Sep 21, 2018
“Breast Cancer – Be Aware” was a resolution adopted at the 19th Biennial CLUW Convention in 2017.
The CLUW Women’s Health and Wellness Committee wants women to know that 40% of women age 40 and over have dense breasts. Mammograms will miss more than 50% of cancers present in dense breasts. Some states, but not all, have laws requiring that women be notified if they have dense breasts so they can discuss additional screening options with their doctor. Breast density is determined through a woman’s mammogram, but for women with dense breasts, additional screening tests such as ultrasound or MRI will substantially increase detection of cancer found at an early stage when it is most treatable and survivable. The Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act (HR 4122 and S. 2006) was introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Dem-CT ) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Dem-CA) in the 115th Congress to require providers of mammography to notify women if they have dense breast tissue. The Women’s Health and Wellness Committee urges women to ask if they have dense breasts when they get their mammogram results. Urge your US Representative and Senators to co-sponsor the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act and bring this non-partisan issue to a vote so this information can be provided to you by your doctor on a regular basis. More information is available at DenseBreast-info.org.