Dear Friends,

This week's e-update is pink because October is breast cancer awareness month.  The American Cancer Society encourages regular testing for women.  However, for some women, mammograms can miss tumors.  

This week, State Representative Mike Rohrkaste and I introduced a bill to make sure women are aware they might need additional testing techniques. You can read more about that and see our news conference below.

Do you know a remarkable young person who is interested in government?  The Senate Scholar program is a week-long program, where students get to see first-hand how the State Senate operates.  Only 33 students are picked for the program and applications are due by November 22nd.  You can read more about the program here.

As always, if you have any ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at  Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov or 608-266-5830.   

On Wisconsin!

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.



Wisconsin Blue Books Available

The new Wisconsin Blue Books are in!  The Blue Book is an invaluable resource about our state's history, demographics, and data.

If you would like a copy, please visit my website, fill out the form, and we will mail one out to you at no cost.
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Senator Alberta Darling | Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov | 1-800-863-1113| http://darling.senate.wisconsin.gov
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