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Breast Density Notification Act

January 20, 2014 10:21 AM | Thomas Chang (Administrator)
On Nov. 1, 2013, Governor Corbett signed into law, SB358, the Breast Density Notification Act, which becomes effective Jan. 30, 2014. It mandates that all patients who undergo mammography be informed of their breast density and that the following paragraph be inserted verbatim into the mammogram summary letter given to patients:

"This notice contains the results of your recent mammogram, including information about breast density. If your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense, you should know that dense breast tissue is a common finding and is not abnormal. Statistics show many women could have dense or highly dense breasts. Dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mammogram and may be associated with an increased risk of cancer. This information about the result of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness and to inform your conversations with your physician. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you, based on your mammogram results, individual risk factors or physical examination. A report of your results was sent to your physician."

Our Breast Imaging Committee also recommends adding the following for clarification:

Your mammographic breast density on today's study is “__”.(Fatty, Scattered, Heterogeneously dense, or Extremely dense).  There are four categories of breast density on mammography.  Fatty breasts and those with scattered fibroglandular tissue are not considered dense.   Heterogeneously dense or extremely dense tissue is considered “dense”.  Please understand that assessment of breast density may vary from year to year.
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