Nonprofit Group Educates Women on Dense Breast Risks,Urging Them to ‘Get Smart about Being Dense’
DEER PARK, N.Y. -- Recognizing that both women and their doctors are often confused after a mammogram reveals the woman has dense breasts, a nonprofit organization has launched a major new educational website. The site, www.DenseBreast-info.org, addresses questions women and their healthcare providers often have about breast density – helping them to "Get Smart about Being Dense."
Breast density notification laws have now been enacted in 22 states, encompassing 65% of American women, with the newest such law just approved in North Dakota. The laws require that some level of information about breast density be provided to women in the letter they receive after their mammogram.
”Receiving a notification about dense breasts can leave a woman and her doctor with more questions than answers,” said DenseBreast-info’s executive director, JoAnn Pushkin, whose own experience with breast density led her to push successfully for introduction of New York’s Breast Density Inform law. “As states passed laws about dense breast notification, it became clear that this is just the first step in an education process. Our nonprofit coalition developed this comprehensive new website to provide a single source of further education.”
The chief scientific advisor for the site, which has been extensively sourced and reviewed by medical experts, is Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., a noted radiologist at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh