A bill that would protect women from missed, delayed and late-stage breast cancer diagnosis has stalled in the state Senate. Senate Bill 5040 would require the facility where your mammogram was performed to include three sentences in your results letter if you have dense tissue.
A mammogram shows that breast tissue is dense. Dense tissue is common but can make it harder to evaluate the results of a mammogram. This information about a mammogram result is given to raise awareness and to inform conversations with a patient's primary care provider; a report of the mammogram results are sent to primary care providers.
Forty percent of women have dense tissue, one of the strongest risk factors associated with breast cancer. Yet 95 percent of women are unaware of this. Mammography misses every other cancer in dense breasts.
Women have a right to know all the results of their mammogram so they can have informed discussions with their doctor; 21 states have density notification laws. Washington shouldn’t be the last state giving women equal access to an early breast cancer diagnosis.
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Contact your legislators. Ask them to read SB 5040 and pass it.