California bill may require doctors to share more information
Sep 7, 2011
Amy Colton went for a yearly mammogram after she turned 40, which is recommended, and nothing turned up. However, two years ago a nurse discovered that due to dense breast tissue in Colton, they weren't able to detect cancer, which was now in its later stages, according to Mercury News.
Now, Colton is fighting to ensure that physicians share this information, rather than keep it from someone.
"To tell a patient she has no right to know information already held by the radiologist and physician is indefensible," Senator Joe Simitian told the news source. "These are two sentences that can save thousands of lives. ... I don't think patients are well-served by keeping this information a mystery."
There are two other states - Connecticut and Texas - that require this information to be told to the patient, and if this bill passes, California will be the third. Colton is currently a breast cancer survivor, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, trailing behind lung cancer.