Nonprofit launches breast density awareness initiative

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Nonprofit organization My Density Matters has launched a new initiative to raise awareness among women of the importance of early breast cancer screening.

The Check Your Chart initiative was developed to empower women to obtain their mammogram report from their online patient portal, learn their breast density, and communicate with their doctors about the results, the organization said. In addition, the program will provide women with tools for exploring additional screening options to detect cancer early.

"Most women think an 'all-clear' mammogram means they don't have breast cancer, which might not be true, especially if you have dense breasts," said My Density Matters founder Leslie Yerger, in a news release.

The organization has launched a website (Check Your Chart), which provides a simplified flow of information patients may consider before and after their mammogram. A collection of instructional videos and downloads can be delivered on a phone, computer, or tablet. In addition, women can access the program by texting the words "Check Your Chart" to 211411.

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