Over the past year, I've been putting together a story about my mom's battle with breast cancer. It aired back in December, but you can still watch it at www.ktvn.com.
Because of my mom's story, all area hospitals and Reno Diagnostic Center got involved and donated 50 free mammograms and some other services. Today we focus on Carson Tahoe Health.
Dr. Antionette Cortese is a radiologist and has a fellowship in breast imaging. She says one of the risk factors for breast cancer that few women know about is dense breast tissue. She says 50% of women have some form of dense tissue and many don't realize it. But it's such a concern, that several states now mandate that patients are told what kind of breast tissue they have. Nevada is not one of those states. Dr. Cortese says any size breast can be dense and you can't tell if you have dense tissue by doing a self breast exam. Knowing what kind of breast tissue you have could help save your life. "Women who have heterogeneously dense breasts or extremely dense breasts may be at a higher risk for developing breast cancer and it's more difficult to detect because of the breast density in those settings it may actually be beneficial to have additional tiers of screening with ultra sound or MRI."
Carson Tahoe Health donated 5 free mammograms because of my mom's story. We are giving them away during our morning show this week. Be sure to tune in around 6:15am to try and win one.Written By Wendy Damonte