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Check Your ChartTM

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EmpoWEring women to learn their breast density and take charge of their breast cancer screenings.

What IS Breast Density?

Breast tissue is composed of milk glands, milk ducts and supportive tissue. These make up the dense tissue in the breast. Breasts also include fatty tissue, which is not dense tissue.
The ratio of dense breast tissue and non-dense breast tissue determines your density category – A, B, C, or D.
Breast Density example by Matt Covington
Breast Density Categories:
A – fatty replaced
B – scattered fibroglandular
C – heterogeneously dense
D – extremely dense
On a mammogram, fatty tissue appears dark & transparent. Dense breast tissue appears as a solid white area.

WHY do I need to know my breast density?

You need to know your breast density for TWO reasons!

#1 – The more dense your breasts, the less likely mammography alone will find your breast cancer.
#2 – The more dense your breast, the higher your likelihood of developing breast cancer.
71% of breast cancers are in women with dense breasts.

How do I find out MY breast density?

It all starts with a mammogram.

The way to find out your breast density is to read your mammogram report.
If you are 40+ and have never had a mammogram or if you have not gotten a mammogram in over a year, schedule your next mammogram today! Then Check Your ChartTM on your online portal to find out your breast density.

How do you Check Your ChartTM to find out your breast density?

First, you have to get into the right portal!

If you don’t already have access to your online portal, it can be confusing and frrustrating to get started.  By law, your medical records must be accessible to you electronically. Call your doctor’s office.

Stick with it ’til you get access!

You deserve full access to your medical records.

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What do I look for in my
mammogram report?

Look for a recommendation for additional screening OR any discussion of breast density using the following words or letters:
A – fatty replaced
B – scattered fibroglandular
C – heterogeneously dense
D – extremely dense

If you are category C or D, or if you see recommendations for additional screening, collaborate with your doctor to get the additional screening you need!

Collaborating with your doctor!

You can collaborate with your doctor in 3 ways:

#1 – In Person – schedule an appointment

#2 – On the phone / telehealth – call & schedule

#3 – Through your portal message system – send inquiry

Dr. Alshiek

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What if I am upset
about what I find out?

Don’t assume the worst!

Having dense breasts does NOT mean you have (or will get) breast cancer.

FAQs

  • Interpreting medical reports can be challenging and we often have follow-up questions. Use this script next time you call your healthcare provider to make sure you’re getting all your information about your visit!

    “Hello, I am calling in regards to my mammogram report. I would like to clarify my breast density category, either A,B,C, or D, and discuss with the provider if any additional imagining is required or recommended.”

     

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