Breast density bill introduced in U.S. Senate

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

July 17, 2014 -- Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) on July 17 introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that would require mammogram reports to include whether a woman has dense tissue.

The Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act of 2014 would set a minimum federal standard, as designated by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for breast tissue density notification and would recommend that women discuss with their doctors whether additional screening is necessary.

The bill also directs HHS to study improved screening options for women with dense tissue, according to a statement released by Feinstein. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Steve Israel (D-NY) have introduced similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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