Breast cancer is both the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women.
Online PR News – 30-October-2017 – Deer Park, NY – Breast cancer is both the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. To address the educational needs of the Hispanic population which is young and growing, DenseBreast-info.org has launched an educational Spanish language video about breast density. The video, launched on DenseBreast-info, Inc.’s Spanish language Facebook page, Información Senos Densos, garnered over 10,000 views in its first 72 hours and is being widely shared within Spanish-speaking communities.
Research indicates that cancer detected at the earliest stage possible results in less treatment and greater survivability. As breast density can hide cancers on a mammogram, this may result in a delayed or later stage diagnosis. Additionally, breast density is an independent risk factor for the development of breast cancer. It is important for the Hispanic community to understand the screening and risk implications of dense tissue. The six and a half minute video (INSERT LINK) is a primer on what dense breasts are, why they matter as it relates to screening and risk, and what supplemental screening tools might be appropriate.
“DenseBreast-info.org has become the recognized premier educational tool for patients and health care providers on the topic of breast density. Visitors to the website hail from over 160 countries and we are continually asked to make educational information on dense breasts available in other languages,” said DenseBreast-info’s executive director, JoAnn Pushkin. “In order to expand the reach of the website’s educational mission, our first step has been developing Spanish language educational tools for patients.”
Breast density notification laws are now in effect in 30 states, encompassing 70% of American women. These laws require that some level of information about breast density be provided to women after their mammogram. Such notification can lead to questions. According to chief scientific advisor, Dr. Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, FACR, “Forty percent of women of mammography age have dense breasts. Dense breast tissue can hide cancer on a mammogram and screening tests such as ultrasound or MRI, used in addition to mammography, significantly improve detection of early-stage breast cancer in dense breasts. Breast density also increases a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer. Information about personal risk factors and breast cancer screening is important for all women to understand; the availability of patient content in Spanish broadens the reach of this educational resource.” .
A Patient Brochure and Patient Risk Checklist are also available in Spanish through the organization’s website.
DenseBreast-info.org is an information resource focused on providing education about dense breast tissue to both patients and health care professionals. It is supported by the 501(c)(3) non-profit, DenseBreast-info, Inc.