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  • tc vets resol 021518VILLA PARK – Women across Illinois will now have better breast cancer detection, thanks to a law sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

    Cullerton sponsored House Bill 4392, which will require a mammographer to notify a patient if they have dense breast tissue, was signed into law earlier this month.  

    “This new law can save lives. Early diagnosis saves lives,” Cullerton said. “Being informed about risks associated with dense breast tissue could possibly be the difference between life and death. It’s our health care providers’ responsibility to notify patients about possible dangers.”

    House Bill 4392 requires mammograghers or mammographer technologists to recommend patients follow up with their physicians and provide patients with informative brochures to educate them on potential risks if their mammogram relieves a patient has dense breast tissue.

    Research has shown that dense breasts can be 6 times more likely to develop cancer and makes it harder for mammograms to detect breast cancer.

    “Science has made amazing advances to provide successful treatment and detection of breast cancer.  However it is absolutely vital that cancer is discovered at an early stage. This requires patients to be educated and kept informed about signs and symptom,” Cullerton said. “We must do whatever we can to save lives.”  

    The Illinois Department of Public Health is required to provide educational information for facilities and health care providers that perform mammograms such as clinics, hospitals and physician’s offices.

    House Bill 4392 passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

  • mulroe 052418CHICAGO – Women will now be notified if they have dense breast tissue under a new law sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago).

    “This new law is an important step forward to provide women with necessary information to make critical decisions about their health,” Mulroe said. “I hope that with this information, women will feel empowered.”

    According to a 2014 report from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 26 women in Illinois are diagnosed with breast cancer every day.

    House Bill 4392 requires every mammography service provider to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue and provide information on the related risk factors. Dense breast tissue and cancer cells can appear similarly on mammograms, making it more difficult to detect cancer when dense tissue is present.

    It also requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to update its published summary to recommend follow-up tests for patients with dense breast tissue.

    “I will continue to do everything in my power to promote breast cancer awareness measures,” Mulroe said.

    The legislation, which was signed into law Friday, takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

  • mulroe 051618SPRINGFIELD – Women may soon have another tool to fight breast cancer under a measure sponsored by Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) which passed the Senate today.

    “Over the years of working on legislation to address breast cancer, I have heard the heart-wrenching tales of how this disease has ravaged women and their families,” Mulroe said. “If this legislation can save just one life, or start just one conversation between a patient and their doctor, it will be well worth the effort.”

    House Bill 4392 would require every mammography service provider to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue and provide patients with information on the related risk factors. Dense breast tissue and cancer cells can appear similarly on mammograms, making it more difficult to detect cancer when dense tissue is present.

    The measure also requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to update its published summary to recommend follow-up tests for individuals with dense breast tissue.

    House Bill 4392 is identical to Senate Bill 2442 which passed the Senate and is currently under review in the House.