Empower women with a voice and information to tell their friends, family, neighbors about the importance of knowing their breast density and offer education about additional screening options. It’s everywoman’s right to know their density for early detection of breast cancer.
On October 1, 2013, Heather Reimer, founder and president launched a Facebook page called “Each One. Tell One.” with hope to increase awareness about dense breast tissue and the potential dangers. After being diagnosed with breast cancer only eight short months after a clear mammogram, an additional screening discovered that Heather had breast cancer which had been there all along... it was hidden on her mammogram because of her dense breast tissue. Following treatment for breast cancer, Heather partnered with Wendy Damonte, who lost her mother to cancer. Wendy was an advocate and voice for all, by testifying in support of Nevada Assembly Bill 147 in front of the Health and Human Services committee at the Nevada Legislature. Governor Brian Sandoval signed this bill into law in 2013. AB 147 makes it mandatory for physicians to inform women of their breast tissue type. This information is important because dense breast tissue is more prone to develop breast cancer and tumors are harder to see on a mammogram. Wendy’s mom had a similar story to Heather’s, as she too had a clean mammogram and then six months later, she was diagnosed with end-stage cancer. She had four tumors in her left breast, one in her neck, and of the 54 lymph nodes that were surgically removed, 38 of them were cancerous. Wendy doesn’t believe her mother died of breast cancer, she believes she died because she had dense breasts. Had she known she had dense breasts, she would have fought for additional screening that would have detected her cancer earlier–with time for treatment and she would likely be alive today.
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