Breast Density Does Not Influence Breast Cancer Death Among Breast Cancer Patients
Journal of the National Cancer Institute , Vol. 104, No. 16. , pp. NP-NP, doi:10.1093/jnci/djs392 The risk of dying from breast cancer was not related to high mammographic breast density in breast cancer patients, according to a study published August 21 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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#1 Oct 17, 2012
I have never seen a study that has been more mis-reported in the media than this one! In October of 2009 I was diagnosed with Stage IIIc breast cancer--only five months after receiving a "clean" report on my annual mammogram. The reason for my late diagnosis? I had dense breasts! Please go back and read this study more carefully. What the study showed was that women OF THE SAME STAGE BREAST CANCER who had dense breasts were no more likely to die of that cancer than other women WITH THE SAME STAGE BREAST CANCER but without dense tissue. What the study failed utterly to address was the fact that women with dense breast tissue like me are much more likely to be diagnosed late than women with fatty breast tissue because the dense tissue HIDES cancer on mammograms. Studies show that up to 40% or more of cancers are missed on mammograms in women with dense breast tissue. So if you are taking some perverse comfort from this study because you have dense tissue, PLEASE wake up! My Stage III cancer moved to my liver in March of this year, so I am now Stage IV and incurable. If you do not live in one of the five states that currently mandate that women receive density information in the report they receive from their mammogram facility (CT, TX, VA, NY and CA), ask your referring physician for this information after you have your next mammogram--or call him or her now to get that info from your last mammogram. Oddly, density info goes to your referring physician, but not to you, the patient. For more information on this critical issue, go to AreYouDense.com --the life you save may be your own.
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