Funds raised by Margie’s Army Foundation are spent by giving back to the community through donating funds to survivorship programs to help women and their families who are battling breast cancer.
During the month of October, Margie’s Army Foundation makes every effort to ensure women battling breast cancer feel special with the delivery of a unique gift to help with their battle and educational material to oncology centers.
Margie’s Army Foundation initiative is working to expand access for women with dense breast tissue to get additional screening, by partnering with women’s breast health facilities to ensure women are not limited by lack of financial ability.
Margie’s Army Foundation is also giving educational talks to inform women about the importance of knowing their breast density and taking action to protect themselves from breast cancer.
The majority of women do not know their breast density, and less than one in 10 women learn about their dense breast tissue from their doctors. Not just women are impacted by breast cancer diagnoses, as this disease affects family members, friends, and loved ones as well. According to the National Breast Cancer Organization, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
As women with dense breast tissue are at a higher than average risk of breast cancer, spreading awareness and encouraging more frequent screenings significantly impacts breast cancer detection, leading to better results.
The Truth About Dense Breasts
- 40-50% of all women have dense breast tissue
- Breast cancer risks are increased by 4x when comparing breast density category D with category A and 2x when comparing category C with A
- A mammogram misses the presence of cancer in patients with dense breasts 1 out of every 2 times
- Mammography remains the standard screening test for breast cancer and is proven to reduce deaths due to breast cancer. However, in dense breasts, cancers can be hidden on mammography and may go undetected until they are larger and more likely to have spread
- According to the National Cancer Institute, women with dense breasts are more likely to receive false negative mammogram reports
- Other screening tests, such as Ultrasound or MRI, when added to mammography, substantially increase the detection of early-stage breast cancer in women with dense breast
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer may include
- Lump or mass in the breast
- Lump or mass in the armpit
- Skin redness
- Dimpling or puckering on the breast
- Scaliness of the nipple (sometimes extending to the areola)
- Discharge of the nipple
- Nipple changes, including nipple turning inward, pulling to one side, or changing direction
- Ulcer on the breast or nipple (sometimes extending to the areola)
- Thickening of the skin, resulting in an orange-peel texture