Why Is Ultrasound Screening Important?
Breast density is recognized as one of, and possibly the strongest risk factor associated with development of breast cancer, according to the National Institute of Health. Dense breast tissue is made up of more connective tissue and it appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also appears white on a mammogram. Cancer is often hidden by the connective tissue in women with dense breasts. There are countless stories of women who received a clear mammogram only to find out later they actually had advanced breast cancer.
There is no national standard in the US to disclose breast density to women. Withholding this information denies women with dense breasts the ability to make an informed decision about their health and more concerning is it denies them the chance of possibly detecting breast cancer early.
Only four states have insurance coverage laws. So chances are even if a woman is informed of her breast density her insurance company is not likely to cover additional screenings. This is absurd and needs to change. Full breast ultrasound costs $360 on average nationally and the radiologist may still charge an additional fee to interpret the images.
How many women are out there that do not know they have dense breasts? How many more received a mammogram declaring them cancer free? For the women who were informed that they had dense breast tissue did they pay the additional fee out of pocket for additional screening? And can they even afford it?
For The Love Of Cups is committed to providing women with the tools they need to make informed decisions.
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For more information on navigating your mammogram appointment please read 3 Important Questions To Ask At Your Mammogram Appointment
Please discuss all your risk factors with your doctor in addition to your breast density so that you can make the best decisions and advocate for your best health options.