Breast Cancer Notification News Conference
On Wednesday, I joined State Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) to announce dense breast tissue notification legislation.
Our bill requires facilities that perform mammograms to provide a notice to women regarding dense breast tissue if they have extremely dense breast tissue or a mix of types of tissue. Cancer turns up five times more often in women with dense breast tissue.
Nearly 40% of women have dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue can make it harder to detect tumors in a mammogram and is itself a risk factor for breast cancer. Early detection is the key to treating and surviving breast cancer.
This bill will ensure that women in Wisconsin understand their test results and can begin detecting breast cancer as early as possible. With this information, women will be able to proactively discuss their options with their health care providers.
Wisconsin would be the 32nd state in the nation to create a breast density notification law.
You can watch the entire news conference below.