Greensboro, NC -- When you go to the doctor you expect them to tell you everything - even if you don't want to hear it.However, for womenin North Carolinathat's not necessarily the case. Doctors are not legally required to tell women their level of breast density after they get a mammogram.Thisis an issuebecause dense breast tissue can make it more difficult for doctors to see abnormalities or tumors in their x-rays.
This happened to Addy Jeffrey. She is a breast cancer survivor whogot yearly mammograms but her cancer was not detected for three years because of her dense breast tissue. Addy beat her cancer and is using her experienceto help inform and educate other women about breast density. She's alsoworking with The Commission On The Status Of Women to make italaw for doctors to inform you about your level of breast density. There are onlyfive states that legally mandate doctors todo this andNorth Carolina is not one of them.
You can help make this a law in our stateby contacting your local Representatives who can fight for this in the General Assembly.
Here's a list of our Representatives in Guilford County with links to their phone numbers and emails:
To find your local Representative please click herescroll to the middle of the page and select which County you live in.