Sen. Eric H. Kearney offered sponsor testimony on OH bill to inform women of their breast density

Ohio would be 6th state to implement such a law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senate Minority Leader Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) offered sponsor testimony in the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee Wednesday on Senate Bill 392, which will require physicians to inform women of their breast density and possible risks following a mammogram.

"Some women are unaware that they have dense breast tissue because it is not always noted on the summary of their mammogram report," Sen. Kearney said. "Including this information on the patient's report will help women discuss any associated risk factors with their doctors."

Breast density is a measure used to describe the proportion of the different tissues that make up a woman's breasts. According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, women with high breast density are four to five times more likely to get breast cancer than women with low breast density.

If passed, Ohio would be the sixth state to implement a law requiring disclosure to patients following Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, California and New York. Federal legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. House.

Connecticut was the first state to institute the regulation in 2009 after Nancy Cappello lobbied state legislators following the discovery of cancer that her mammogram screening missed.

"This legislation provides another preventative tool for women in the war against breast cancer," Sen. Kearney said. "By having this additional information, women will be able to make proactive choices in managing their health."

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