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COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śMommy, are you going to die?â€ť
Carrie Barcusâ€™ youngest daughter, Tabitha, asked the question after Barcus announced she had breast cancer.
Her battle against cancer prompted Barcus to launch an initiative that would later become law.
â€śI wanted to reach out to Indiana Senators and lawmakers to educate women about this side of breast cancer,â€ť Barcus said. â€śThere are so many women who just donâ€™t know.â€ť
The unknown Barcus personally discovered is that 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue. When a woman has a mammogram, tumors appear white in the scans. These white blotches led physicians to determine what that spot truly is â€” cancer or not.
Unfortunately for Barcus and other women who have the same type of breast makeup, dense breast tissue shows up white on mammogram as well.
â€śI went for a mammogram. My doctors told me everything was fine, but everything wasnâ€™t fine,â€ť Barcus said. â€śTo see tumors in dense breast tissue, an ultrasound has to be done.â€ť
Barcus worked with Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) to make a law, effective Monday, that requires health providers to ensure coverage for certain services for women with dense breast tissue.
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