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Federal Breast Density Inform Bill Introduced: Connecticut's tradition of Dense Breast Tissue legislation continues
The Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act of 2011
10/05/11 Washington D.C.- Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Steve Israel introduce Federal Legislation to provide women with information about breast density and the risk for developing breast cancer.
“By providing this simple piece of information, we can identify women who are at higher risk for developing breast cancer— and help to improve their chances for early detection and survival. As a survivor of ovarian cancer who is only here today because my cancer was caught early, I know how important it is to be aware of your risks,” said Congresswoman DeLauro, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. “Increased awareness means earlier detection, and that means more women will have a fighting chance against this terrible disease.”
Dr. Nancy M. Cappello of Connecticut, who was instrumental in the first law in the nation to inform women of their breast density added, "Women with dense breast tissue, who followed all the screening rules, were denied access to Early Detection for too many years. This legislation will standardize the communication of breast density to women across the country and give them the information they need to discuss their cancer risks and individual surveillance with their health care providers."
“This year, more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. We owe them every opportunity for early detection. Information on breast density can help both doctors and patients better understand a patient’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m proud to be introducing legislation with Congresswoman DeLauro that will ensure both women and their doctors have more information and the best possible chance for early detection,” said Rep. Israel (D – New York), a co-chairman of the House Cancer Caucus.
To view the Entire Press Release go to http://delauro.house.gov/release.cfm?id=3204