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  • 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.