It can hide breast cancer
Doctors are not always telling patients things they need to know to protect their health. One example - how many women know about dense breast tissue?
Laura Caldwell is a Eugene mother of three...after a clear breast exam she began having pain under her arms...she was given an ultra sound..."my ultra sound revealed a lump and a biopsy confirmed invasive ductal carcinoma that had spread to my lymph nodes."
The doctor said the mammogram missed it because she - like 40 percent of women - has dense breast tissue...she asked why no one told her..."he replied and I will quote him - we don't usually tell women that information."
Even worse Caldwell found out "I've also encountered women who've discovered they have dense breast tissue and they've had to fight with their doctors and insurance companies to get the necessary screening to find out if cancer is present."
There is now a proposed Oregon law requiring doctors tell women about dense breasts tissue - and insurance companies cover the exams.
Caldwell is still battling cancer.