I finally got around to reading the April 2013 edition of my favorite magazine, More, and there was an interesting article about breast density. Not surprisingly, I learned that the denser the breast, the higher one’s risk of breast cancer. The story reported that it was once believed that this was due to the difficulty in seeing the cancer when the breast is denser, since cancerous lesions and dense tissue both appear white on a mammogram. However, they are now saying there are other reasons for the higher risk.
I also learned that, apparently, there is a breast density score that is determined when a mammogram is conducted, but this score is not generally shared with women in their results. I certainly was surprised to learn there was a score (who knew?) and would have appreciated that information over the years. There are currently seven states that have enacted legislation to require providing this information to women. While I have become leery of mammograms over the past year (are they a contributor to the higher incidence of breast cancer?), if you’re going to do them, then full-disclosure of the data is in order.
I have attached the link to the full article for your review.
The article also refers to the following site for additional information: areyoudense.com
An update on Dad: He has only 10 radiation treatments remaining, which is awesome. I think the time is going by quickly, and hopefully he does too! As expected, radiation of the head/neck has been a bit more challenging than my radiation of the chest wall. Dad has experienced frequent fatigue (he’s good about napping when he needs to) and issues with food. Whether it’s due to reduced saliva production, impacts to taste buds, or something else, his appetite has not been too good and my mom has been struggling to get him to consume a good number of calories. He’s down 7 pounds, but I give my mom a lot of credit for trying a variety of different things to get him some calories. I am hoping the taste issues improve quickly once he’s done.