Breast Cancer Awareness Month-How Dense Are You?

My mother is a breast cancer survivor.

So when, a few  years back, I heard that doctors didn’t think women should get yearly mammograms, I was quite naturally perturbed. Was this yet another conspiracy to jeopardize women’s health for greedy insurance companies to earn a buck? Or did some male legislator/senator decide to bump off an unwanted wife a slow and rather painful way?

And while either of those would make an interesting book, the truth was much more prosaic.  You see, mammograms don’t detect cancer in all breast types.

In fact, if you have dense breasts the chances of it finding the tumor while still small are about half.  I have dense breast tissue. So does my mother and one of those fibroids developed into an extremely fast growing cancer.

Of course, half is still better than no chance at early detection, so my doctor and I agreed: Yearly Mammos coupled with an ultrasound it is.

And then, I found this on Ted.

Aside from the bit about a mandatory 40 lbs of pressure for the boobie squish (like to see a guy endure that on his testicles), the information was great and the science was even better.

So, ladies, next time you’re doing your yearly check-up, ask what kind of breasts you have. The life you save may be  your own.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to Breast Cancer Awareness Month-How Dense Are You?

  1. danrshaw says:

    The biannual breast screening was recommended by a board of certified physicians. Of the sixteen members 7 are women. These recommendations are usually followed by health insurance companies. What the relationship between this board and health insurance is unknown. This board was instituted under the Affordable Health Care Act in 2009. Of course it raised a lot of controversy. (This is what many consider to be the Death Panel). Many people think this group contains members of the insurance industry and non physicians but that is not the case. There is another board who also makes a lot of decisions on what is acceptable treatment under the AHCA who are not physicians.
    From what I’ve been able to read is that a lot of Health Insurance companies ignored this recommendation because it is less expansive to catch and treat breast cancer early.
    I guess dense breasts are better because that means when you get older there is less chance of tripping over them?

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