I’m embarking on a new activity for April. It’s an attempt to meet the “The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge” hosted by WEGO Health. The task? Writing a post every day for each of the thirty days of this month.
I almost didn’t sign up for this endeavor. After all, I gave up my New Year’s resolutions before 2012 broke through New Year’s Eve. A week ago I broke my resolve to fast from certain harmful practices during Lent. Too much chocolate called my name at my divorce care support group. But then I saw today’s post by Marie at Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer . When I noted that she had signed up, I knew I had to support her, April Fool’s Day or no.
One of the biggest health issues looming today involves the fact that mammograms do not readily detect breast cancer in women with dense breasts. California State Senator Joe Simitian is doing something about it. Last week he reintroduced a bill that would improve breast cancer detection in women with dense tissue.“Senate Bill 1538, the bill I am introducing again this year, does one very simple thing,” Simitian said. “It provides a two-sentence notice to women who have had mammograms, but have dense breast tissue — that they have dense breast tissue and that can block a good, clean reading in a mammogram.” For details, see today’s CBS.com San Francisco piece and Thursday’s San Francisco Chronicle article .
Legislative action is likewise afoot in Arizona and Connecticut, as detailed by Maura in yesterday’s post Time to Consider the Lilies and in a recent article in Diagnostic Imaging . In addition, the Lymphedema Mavens interviewed an advocate for this cause in this past week’s the Cityfm.com podcast . For more information on legislative efforts, visit , and on breast density, .
As you can quickly gather, there’s no lack of writing on the subject. All we need now is action. Write your state representatives to urge them to join the bandwagon or sponsor a new bill in a state where no legislation is pending. Grassroots efforts really do matter. Blogs can go viral.
Have you, my readers, ever heard of the breast density/mammogram issue before? Do you know if you have dense breasts? If so, have you been told by your radiologists that it may be harder for mammography to detect cancer in your breasts? That you might need an ultrasound to help distinguish normal from malignant cells? I look forward to your answers.
It’s not too late to sign up for the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge! I hope you’ll join me in writing every day about health. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’d love to see what you have to say about each of the topics, too. All you have to do to join is sign up here: and you’ll be able to start posting. Looking forward to writing with you!