October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You may not know, but I am a breast cancer survivor. Early detection was key for me. Please make sure you talk with your health care provider and get checked.
I'm happy to report that if you get tested, you will have more information - thanks to a bill I authored with Representative Mike Rohrkaste of Neenah. Our bill requires places that perform mammograms to provide a breast density notification to women with the results of their mammogram. With this information, women will be able to proactively discuss their options with their healthcare providers.
Nearly 40% of women have dense breast tissue. Not only does dense tissue hide the presence of a tumor on a traditional mammogram, but dense tissue is actually a risk factor for cancer as well. Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breast tissue.
As a cancer survivor, I know how important early detection can be. Click on the picture above to find out more and get a free guide on early detection.