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Breast density tests can help raise cancer awareness

Reported by: Krystal Allan
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Updated: 1/02 2:16 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — Studies have shown that women with dense breast tissue have a higher rate of breast cancer.

Eighteen states, including Nevada, have enacted dense breast notification laws, and 10 more have laws pending. But exactly who is supposed to do the reporting and what they are supposed to tell patients varies from state to state, according to doctors at the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor.

Their review of the current state of breast density notification legislation in the United States is part of an imaging screening series published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

In Nevada, where a notification law was enacted in June, the law specifies that reporting results is the responsibility of "the owner, lessee, or other person responsible for the radiation machine for mammography"; in other states, the onus falls on an unspecified provider or physician — radiologist, primary care practitioner, whomever.

"Giving women information about their dense tissue, which is material to their health care, must not be dependent upon screening codes, workflow issues, reimbursement rates, and the myriad other reasons cited as to why the standardization of dense breast tissue notification through legislation is opposed," writes Dr. Nancy Cappello, director of Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy Inc.



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