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Ohio Enacts Breast Density Law

Jan 02, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a law that requires mammography providers to notify women categorized as having dense breast tissue about their condition.

The law is designed to improve breast cancer detection and prevention by educating patients about dense breast tissue and how it could make it more difficult to detect cancer during mammographic procedures.

The new law becomes effective in March 2015. The law requires a facility to send to each patient who has a mammogram at the facility a summary of the written report containing the results of the patient’s mammogram. If, based on the breast imaging reporting and data system established by the American College of Radiology, the patient’s mammogram demonstrates that the patient has dense breast tissue, the summary shall include the following statement:

"Your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities. Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern; rather, it is to raise your awareness and promote discussion with your health care provider regarding the presence of dense breast tissue in addition to other risk factors."

The measure's language is available online at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_394 in section 3702.40.

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