Senator attempting to push breast cancer screening bill through California again
Mar 28, 2012
California Senator Joseph Simitian is bringing back a bill, which aims to strengthen breast cancer screenings, that was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The bill would require an addition on mammogram reports, as it would notify women if they have dense breasts, which is a known risk factor for breast cancer along with making it more difficult to detect, according to the media outlet.
"Patients have not been alarmed by getting these kinds of notices," supporter of the bill and diagnostic radiologist, Judy Dean, told the news source. "It just hasn't been a problem."
However, the California Medical Association has concerns, as they felt it doesn't clarify what a dense breast means and may also cause women to get additional screenings when they do not have to.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is recommended that once a woman turns 40, she schedules annual mammograms to ensure if she does have the disease, it can be caught during its earlier stages.