Non-profit organization launched to share largely unknown cancer risk, most women don’t know their breast density
Most women don’t know their breast density and don’t know that breast density increases their risk for breast cancer. Mammography will miss more than 50% of cancers in dense breasts, leaving their cancers to grow and eventually spread. For women with dense breast tissue, screening mammography (including 3D) is not enough, leaving millions of women at risk for cancer.
After a year-long initiative to get women to know their breast density and get essential additional screenings, founder Leslie Ferris Yerger will launch My Density Matters as a non-profit organization. “For decades, the medical industry has known that breast density masks cancer in women with dense breasts, leaving millions of women at risk. Yet very little real progress has been made; I started this organization to change that! Yerger said.
Through social media, webinars, conferences, educational tools and resources, corporate health and wellness programs, and partnerships, the new organization aims to inspire action and engage women with dense breasts to undergo essential additional screening. “It’s about saving lives through education and.” Yerger shares.
The launch begins with a groundbreaking ceremony on July 20, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at the ANUYU store in Lake Zurich, IL. Leslie Ferris Yerger shares that “We will take a few moments to recognize the people we have worked with so far. We have received tremendous support and we are grateful for it.”
Leslie has formed a leadership team with volunteer social media ambassadors and hopes to raise $ 150,000 to support the Find Out My Breast Density Day 2022 awareness campaign and educate millions of women about this largely unknown cancer risk factor.
The organization aims to empower women to find out their breast density and discuss additional screening with their doctors. There is only one way to determine your breast density: have a mammogram and request the report. This crucial step is what most women miss, and many doctors do not share this information as standard practice. Once you understand whether your specific gravity is A, B, C, or D, you can take action and discuss additional screening options with your doctor which could include ultrasound, breast molecular imaging (MBI), contrast-injection mammography (CEM), and MRI. More women need to understand their additional screening options and get screened for this largely unknown breast cancer risk.
About My Density Matters:
At My Density Matters, we envision a world where breast density no longer hinders the early diagnosis of breast cancer. In the meantime, we’re empowering women to know their breast density, know their options, and insist on essential additional screening.
My Density Matters was founded by Leslie Ferris Yerger, who was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in November 2017, two months after a “totally clear” mammogram and ultrasound. Her cancer was hiding in dense breast tissue, left undetectable to grow and spread. Before her diagnosis, Leslie knew nothing about the risks associated with breast density, and she is now determined to teach others what she didn’t know, so that her story doesn’t become your story.
Visit our website mydensitymatters.org to learn more about breast density, additional screening options and our downloadable guides for women to know their breast density, understand their screening options and insist on essential additional screening .