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Live Telephone Town Hall - Breast Cancer Screening & Breast Density: What it Means for You
Sunday April 7, 2013
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Image of radiologist looking at a mammogramCo-sponsored by El Camino Hospital, County Supervisor, Joe Simitian invites you join a live telephone town hall on the topic of: "Breast Cancer Screening & Breast Density: What it Means for You"

To participate call: 866-476-7782 on Sunday, April 7, 2013, 11:00 AM PST

Participants can listen or ask questions of town hall guests: 

  • Radiologist Kristina Jong, MD

  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Barb Dehn

  • County Supervisor Joe Simitian, author of the new breast density notification law

  • Moderated by Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

On April 1, a new California Law (Senate Bill 1538, Simitian) requires that women with higher levels of dense breast tissue be informed of their density in a mammogram result letter that is sent directly to them. California is the fifth state to pass a breast density notification law, in advance of a similar bill pending in the US House of Representatives. El Camino Hospital is several steps ahead of this legislation - and most hospitals across the country. Not only do we routinely notify women about breast tissue density, but we offer the automated breast ultrasound (ABUS™) to supplement routine mammography.

Dense breasts are an independent risk factor for breast cancer, regardless of whether a woman is also at risk genetically. Breast density makes regular mammograms especially challenging to read. At El Camino Hospital, we utilize a computer algorithm that automatically and objectively determines the volumetric density of each woman’s breast tissue from the information contained in her mammogram. If your breast tissue density is high, it may be appropriate for you to have a breast screening ultrasound examination or a breast MRI.

Mammography is still the first line of defense in breast cancer screening, but adding one of these other technologies can substantially improve cancer detection in women with high breast tissue density. The Breast Health Center at our Mountain View campus has acquired a sophisticated new technology known as automated breast ultrasound (ABUS™). As the only hospital in Northern California to offer this technology, we use ABUS™ to supplement routine mammography and help locate tiny tumors that may be hidden in dense tissue.