GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Are you dense? It’s a question WOTV 4 Women and WOOD TV8 have been asking all month long. That’s because a new law will take effect on June 1, 2015 in the state of Michigan requiring that women are notified of their breast density with their mammogram results.
On June 1, WOTV 4 Women and WOOD TV8 will simulcast a one-hour special: “Are You Dense? Detecting Breast Cancer to Save Your Life,” from 7 – 8 p.m. This special will bring together a series of stories and reports from all of our broadcasts 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.
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. During this special broadcast you can learn the options for additional testing if you are dense, along with answers to your insurance questions.