Lawmakers Listen to California Women as Sunset Povision of Breast Density Law Extended

Survey Commissioned by Are You Dense Inc & Are you Dense Advocacy Inc. Educates Policymakers about the Importance of CA Breast Density Law!

Sunset Provision to January 1, 2025 as Governor Signs Amendment (September 10, 2018)

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Senator Holly Mitchell & Dr. Nancy Cappello Announce California Survey Results by Are You Dense Inc. & Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc.

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Final CA Infographic 4-5-2018_Page_1.jpg             KEY FINDINGS

  • 95% of respondents want the law to remain
  • 85% of respondents agreed that it is important that every woman knew her type of breast tissue and 88% agreed that they would prefer to know than not know.  
  • 68% of California women learned of their breast tissue type from a conversation with health care providers.
  • 59% of the respondents who had dense breasts indicated that their health care provider had talked to them about having additional screening. 
  Final CA Infographic 4-5-2018_Page_2.jpgThe Voices that Matter:
California Women Speak

        "It is important that women be given as much information about what added risks the density of their breasts presents.  Health care professionals should not keep this information secret.  It should be shared to educate all women."

"I think that this law might help detect cancer earlier in women with dense breast tissue and that could save lives."

"Good to have as much info as possible so informed decisions can be made regarding screening techniques."

"Keep the information so that women know their rights under this law and to help them make medically correct decisions."



WORD CLOUD: More Voices from California Women who Participate  in Mammography Screening - they have the most to lose when it comes to an early diagnosis by mammography alone for women with dense breasts.

About the Survey:
Are Your Dense, Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc. commissioned Spectrum Associates to determine California women’s awareness of the issue of dense breast tissue and law’s impact.  An online survey through Research Now was distributed to 500 California women, between the ages of 40 and 74 years old who had a mammogram within the past two years.  The surveys were completed March 22-27, 2018. The racial/ethnic representation within the study sample was reflective of the state’s population.

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  • Are You Dense? Fact #1:

    Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #2:

    Two-thirds of pre-menopausal women and 1/4 of post menopausal women have dense breast tissue. 

  • Are You Dense? Fact #3:

    Adding more sensitive tests to mammography significantly increase detection of invasive cancers that are small and node negative.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #4:

    American College of Radiology describes women with "Dense Breast Tissue" as having a higher than average risk of Breast Cancer.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #5:

    While a mammogram detects 98% of cancers in women with fatty breasts, it finds only 48% in women with the densest breasts.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #6:

    A woman at average risk and a woman at high risk have an EQUAL chance of having their cancer masked by mammogram.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #7:

    Women with dense breasts who had breast cancer have a four times higher risk of recurrence than women with less-dense breasts.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #8:

    A substantial proportion of Breast Cancer can be attributed to high breast density alone.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #9:

    Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breasts than those with the most fatty tissue.

  • Are You Dense? Fact #10

    There are too many women who are unaware of their breast density, believe their “Happy Gram” when it reports no significant findings and are at risk of receiving a later stage cancer diagnosis.