Of Breast Density ahead of New Law
Northern Arizona Radiology, the first center in the region to notify women about breast density and their options for further screening, is prepared for the new Arizona breast density law (SB 1225) that takes effect October 1, 2014.
“We looked at the issue of breast density in 2013, and based on the evidence we determined it was important to move forward with notification to better inform and educate our patients,” said Northern Arizona Radiologist Stephen V. Ward, M.D. “It turned out to be a wise decision.”
Arizona Senate Bill 1225 requiring dense breast notification was recently signed into law. Titled Mammography results; report to patient law, the law goes into effect on October 1, 2014. It requires health care facilities performing mammographies to include a woman’s breast density classification in the summary report sent to the patient after her mammogram.
Women whose results are negative (no breast cancer found) but have dense breast tissue, must be notified of the condition, which can make it more difficult to identify breast cancer. The women are encouraged to discuss the issue with their health care provider and consider additional breast cancer screening options.
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