FINAL REPORT: SURVEY of CALIFORNIA'S WOMEN'S AWARENESS OF DENSE BREAST ISSUES AND CALIFORNIA BREAST DENSITY LAW
INFOGRAPHIC OF KEY FINDINGS
- 95% of respondents want the law to remain
- 85% of respondents agreed that it is important that every woman knew her type of breast tissue and 88% agreed that they would prefer to know than not know.
- 68% of California women learned of their breast tissue type from a conversation with health care providers.
- 59% of the respondents who had dense breasts indicated that their health care provider had talked to them about having additional screening.
"It is important that women be given as much information about what added risks the density of their breasts presents. Health care professionals should not keep this information secret. It should be shared to educate all women."
"I think that this law might help detect cancer earlier in women with dense breast tissue and that could save lives."
"Good to have as much info as possible so informed decisions can be made regarding screening techniques."
"Keep the information so that women know their rights under this law and to help them make medically correct decisions."
WORD CLOUD: More Voices from California Women who Participate in Mammography Screening - they have the most to lose when it comes to an early diagnosis by mammography alone for women with dense breasts.
About the Survey:
Are Your Dense, Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc. commissioned Spectrum Associates to determine California women’s awareness of the issue of dense breast tissue and law’s impact. An online survey through Research Now was distributed to 500 California women, between the ages of 40 and 74 years old who had a mammogram within the past two years. The surveys were completed March 22-27, 2018. The racial/ethnic representation within the study sample was reflective of the state’s population.