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Congress Introduces Breast Density Bill

Feb 06, 2015
Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., have introduced the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act, a measure that will require mammography providers to notify patients who have dense breast tissue and communicate the benefit of supplemental screening tests. The purpose of the act is to raise awareness of breast cancer risks for women categorized as having dense breasts.

In addition, Senate Bill 370 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to focus on research and improved screening for patients with dense breast tissue.

A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives.

Currently, there is no federal standard requiring women to be informed if they have dense tissue. However, 22 states have passed breast density notification laws.

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