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Michigan Enacts Breast Density Law

Jun 15, 2015
Michigan’s breast density notification law became effective June 1.

According the law, if a patient’s mammogram demonstrates dense breast tissue, the facility that performed the exam must send a notification to the patient that includes the following language:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer through a mammogram. Also, dense breast tissue may increase your risk for breast cancer. This information about the result of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness. Use this information to discuss with your health care provider whether other supplemental tests in addition to your mammogram may be appropriate for you, based on your individual risk. A report of your results was sent to your ordering physician. If you are self-referred, a report of your results was sent to you in addition to this summary.”

Michigan is one of 22 states that have passed breast density notification laws.

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