February 20, 2024

Dense breast tissue can complicate cancer screenings. Notification bill heads to governor's desk

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HB 1053 would require facilities that provide mammograms to assess breast tissue density and inform patients whether their breast tissue is “dense” or “not dense.” - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

HB 1053 would require facilities that provide mammograms to assess breast tissue density and inform patients whether their breast tissue is “dense” or “not dense.”

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Mammograms are a less effective diagnostic tool when a patient has dense breast tissue.

Legislation headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb would require providers to notify patients of their breast tissue density.

HB 1053 would require facilities that provide mammograms to assess breast tissue density and inform patients whether their breast tissue is “dense” or “not dense.”

Mammograms of dense breast tissue are less effective, and the tissue itself raises the risk of developing cancer. The required written notice would inform patients that additional imaging testing can help find cancers.
 

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The bill does not require providers to request that additional imaging, but advocates say the information allows people to make informed decisions about their health.

The measure would put Indiana into compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s breast tissue density regulations published last March.
 


Abigail is our health reporter. Contact them at aruhman@wboi.org.

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