Know Your Density was the first website developed and dedicated solely to education and awareness around breast density and early detection of breast cancer in early 2006. Started by breast cancer survivor, Pam Schmid, to share what she had learned (and continues to learn) from international experts in the field of breast imaging.
Learn what you need to know about breast density and early detection of breast cancer by reading What I wish I knew and the Q & A pages of this website.
A personal mission from breast cancer survivor, Pam Schmid:
The process of detecting my cancer taught me a lot about the process of early detection. Part of being diagnosed was being an advocate for myself and understanding how important my part of the process was. As women, we need to know our bodies, trust our intuition, and become as educated as we possibly can to partner with our health care providers. I hope the information that follows will be helpful and potentially save your life or someone's you know. In my situation, four large tumors were found through a series of steps and tests, starting with mammography. Because I learned that mammography is just one (important) piece of the puzzle for a woman with dense breasts in detecting cancer early, I wanted to share what I learned through seeking solid, research based answers. What I learned and what I want to share with women everywhere, is what I wish I had known.
Remember, survival rates are much higher when breast cancer is caught in its earliest stages. At the very least, when caught early, aggressive treatment and the long term effects of it, may possibly be avoided. I believe that knowledge is power and action is everything. Find out about the things you need to do, to help your doctors with early detection: SCRAM exams, and being FEISTY© with your actions!
My book "101 Things You Should Know About Breast Cancer" covers information about risk, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, strategies for optimal well-being during and after treatment, and how to support those going through treatment, including what to say and do. Feedback from readers and experts have consistently shared that it has been an invaluable resource for them, regardless of cancer status.
You can also read my personal story, "Cancer Will Never Happen to Me", a story I wrote for Cary Magazine in 2004.
A special thanks to Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, for reviewing the material presented for content and accuracy.
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