News | Breast Density | April 14, 2017

Kentucky, Iowa Enact Breast Density Reporting Legislation

New Mexico bill vetoed by governor, while Nebraska nears final vote

Kentucky and Iowa Enact Breast Density Reporting Legislation

April 14, 2017 — Kentucky and Iowa both this week joined the ranks of states with laws requiring mammography facilities to inform patients about the impact of dense fibroglandular breast tissue and its impact on cancer diagnosis and detection. 

Kentucky’s legislation, designated HB78, was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on April 11. Beginning in early July, the law will require mammography providers to notify women whose mammograms reveal dense fibroglandular breast tissue, as determined by the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) classification. The notice must also inform these patients of their slightly increased risk of developing breast cancer, as well as the increased difficulty of catching early cancers due to masking.

"I am honored to support legislation which gives Kentucky women potentially life saving information about their own breast health.,” said. Rep. Jim DuPlessis. “Knowledge is power and knowing ones own risk factors is the ultimate power in keeping yourself healthy. This bill will not only inform patients, it will enhance dialogue with their healthcare providers about their screening options that best fit their needs."

While the language of HB78 does not offer specific suggestions for follow-up screening, the law does encourage providers to recommend digital mammography, including breast tomosynthesis, when writing orders for mammograms.

The Iowa law, designated SF250, was signed by Gov. Terry Branstad on April 13 and takes effect beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Under the terms, all mammography reports will include information about the patient’s individual fibroglandular density as assessed under BI-RADS; patients who are determined to have heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts will be informed of the associated risks. 

Kentucky and Iowa became the second and third states to enact breast density inform laws during the first legislative session of 2017, after Colorado did so on April 6.

New Mexico was poised to join the wave with its own HB 243, but the legislation was subjected to a pocket veto by Gov. Susana Martinez, who did not take action on the bill prior to the April 7 deadline. The language of the New Mexico bill was similar to that of Iowa’s law, requiring all patients to be informed of their individual breast density and additional warnings for those with heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts. "As a breast cancer survivor, I feel strongly that all women deserve the best care possible. I will definitely bring the bill before the legislature until it becomes law in New Mexico," said Rep. Liz Thomson.

Nebraska also has a bill in progress, which was placed on final reading in the state Senate on April 10.

For more information:  www.areyoudense.org, www.densebreast-info.org

Related Content

Sponsored Content | Webinar | Breast Imaging | April 23, 2018
Join Troy Voeltz, M.D., and Phyllis Fulk, administrator at Imaging for Women, Kansas City, Mo., sharing insights in g
ABUS: An Important Companion to Traditional Mammography

The multi-use ultrasound breast system Acuson S2000 Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS) from Siemens Healthineers automatically acquires volume images of the breast. Photo courtesy of Siemens.

Feature | Ultrasound Women's Health | April 18, 2018 | Emily Clemons
Research shows that automated br...
DenseBreast-info.org Celebrates Third Anniversary
News | Breast Density | April 17, 2018
April 2018 marks the third anniversary of the launch of DenseBreast-info.org, the educational resource for medically...
Technology | Breast Density | April 13, 2018
Densitas Inc. has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its DENSITAS|density automated breast...
Volpara Solutions and Mammography Educators Launch Mammography Positioning Training Videos
News | Mammography | April 12, 2018
Volpara Solutions Inc. and mammography education provider Mammography Educators LLC announced the launch of training...
Ikonopedia Introduces Enhanced Breast Ultrasound Reporting Module at SBI
News | Ultrasound Women's Health | April 11, 2018
Ikonopedia will introduce its next-generation breast ultrasound reporting module at the 2018 Society for Breast Imaging...
ACR/SBI Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Reclassify African-American Women as High-Risk
News | Breast Imaging | April 06, 2018
New American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) breast cancer screening guidelines are the...
News | Oncology Diagnostics | April 05, 2018
April 5, 2018 — Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc.
Wisconsin Gov. Walker Signs Breast Density Reporting Bill
News | Breast Density | April 05, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made the Badger State the 35th state to report dense breast tissue to patients as part of...
Diagnosing Breast Cancer Using Red Light

Schematic diagram for OM instrument: Seven pulsed lasers sequentially illuminate the compressed breast; transmitted light is detected by the 8-channel SiPM probe and the TDC acquires the signal. Credit: Edoardo Ferocino

News | Breast Imaging | April 02, 2018
Optical mammography (OM), which uses harmless red or infrared light, has been developed for use in conjunction with X-...
Overlay Init