- Rep. Gail HainesMI House of Representatives
Rep.Gail Haines: Please place MI HB 4260 on the agenda for the Health Policy Committee.
Support HB 4260! Help save Michigan women from advanced breast cancer diagnosis.
HB 4260 would require that a Mammogram Summary contain material medical information regarding a patient’s breast density, their increased risk for cancer from dense breast tissue, and the difficulty detecting a tumor within dense tissue when using a mammogram. Most women do not know their Breast Density Score (Bi-RADS) or what the score means for their risk of cancer, because that information is not reported in the Mammography Summary they receive. (March 2013 Karmanos study finds lack of awareness of increased cancer risk for women with dense breasts)
Breast Density is neither uncommon nor abnormal. However, a woman’s breast density can predetermine their risk for breast cancer. Dense breasts may hide a tumor on mammography, since they both appear white. When a woman receives her Mammography Summary, it should include material medical information that could save her life with early detection. With this information, women may discuss additional screening, such as an ultrasound or MRI, with their physicians.
HB 4260, with an amendment, would assure that the Mammogram Summary sent to women includes this language, as approved by the American College of Radiology, for women with mammographically dense breasts:
"The mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal. But dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mammogram. Also, dense breast tissue may increase your breast cancer risk. This information about the result of your mammogram report is given to you to raise your awareness. Use this report when you talk to your doctor about your own risks for breast cancer, which includes your family history. At that time, ask your doctor if more screening tests might be useful, based on your risk". (American College of Radiology Sample lay letter)
There are already 6 states with this law in place. You can learn more here.
- MI House of Representatives
Rep. Gail Haines
Please place HB 4260 on the Agenda for the Health Policy Committee. Breast density is a serious risk for many women, this bill will save lives and increase education and awareness of breast density.
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