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Each year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. The Seattle-area karaoke host is performing the feat as part of the breast cancer awareness fundraiser he's hosting at a bar in Federal Way, Wash., KOMO News reports.

Breast density is a measurement of the relative amounts of fibrous, glandular and fatty tissue within the breast. If dense breasts run in your family, it may be something to tell your health care provider so you can receive the best breast cancer screenings possible.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I encourage all women to go and have their annual mammograms. "In addition, it is used to determine effectiveness of chemotherapy and to evaluate for implant rupture".

"About one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and that's nationwide, so that's something that impacts a community no matter how large or small", she said. The second year's survey focused specifically on asking younger survivors the financial challenges they faced, so they could be compared with older patients.

St. Vincent Anderson Women's Center is committed to providing the most advanced technology to the women of Anderson and the communities of greater Madison County. If you have dense breasts, consider getting a 3D mammogram or a whole breast ultrasound in addition.

When it comes to breast cancer several myths exist.

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About 85 percent of breast cancer happens in women with no family history as it did for me. St. Vincent Anderson is one of the locations that provides this abbreviated screening.

In addition, women between ages 35-39 can request a baseline mammogram, but must have a payment source. For example, mammograms can find 85 percent of cancers in fatty breasts but only 68 percent of cancers in very dense breasts.

Approximately 10 per cent of women are considered to have extremely dense breasts while about 80 per cent have density in the middle two categories.

"I want to help do what I can do to prevent breast cancer to help stomp that out", said Wade. While self-examinations are not a conclusive screening for breast cancer, they are a starting point, and if you feel anything abnormal, you can then follow up with your doctor. It's estimated around 40 per cent of women over age 40 have dense breasts.

President of Breast Friends, a local cancer awareness group, Eunetta Bird said fear seems to be the primary reason behind what she described as an increase in breast cancer, especially among women under 40 years of age.