Are you Dense? June 1st marks one year of breast density law

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- June 1st marks one year since the Breast Density Law went into effect.  West Michigan breast cancer survivor, Teresa Hendricks Pitsch sparked the Michigan law.  You may remember her from WOTV 4 Women’s special last June, Are You Dense: Detecting Breast Cancer to save your life. This special brings together a series of stories and reports from WOTV 4 Women and WOOD TV8  to give viewers a broad understanding of breast density. We’ve been talking to doctors, radiologists and breast cancer survivors to equip West Michigan women with all of the information they need to understand.

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This topic is far-reaching; almost half of all women are estimated to have some form of breast density, which makes it harder to spot breast cancer on an annual mammogram.  Dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on a mammogram making additional screenings necessary to ensure women are cancer-free. The new law took effect on June 1, 2015 in the state of Michigan requiring that women are notified of their breast density with their mammogram results.

Click on the video player above to watch the full show and learn the important facts about breast density, hear personal stories, and discover how early detection can save your life.

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