Good news for New Yorkers! Our State signed into law an important new measure to help promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
The new law, which will take effect in 180 days, will provide women with important information they need to make decisions regarding their health. The law will require that every mammography report given to a patient with dense breast tissue inform the women in plain, non-technical language that they have dense breast tissue and recommend a discussion with their physician about the potential benefit of getting further screenings.
Studies show that women with dense breast tissue have an increased likelihood of developing breast cancer. Mammograms can fail to detect tumors in women with dense breast tissue because this condition may hide their presence. This can lead to late diagnosis and result in a reduced chance for a cure.
The new law will provide women with better health care information and give them the information needed to make decisions about to pursuing other screening options to find cancers early and have the best chance for a cure.
We salute the New York State legislature and Governor Cuomo for enacting this important legislation.