Mulroe plan to fight breast cancer becomes law

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.

Sen. John G. Mulroe


10th District

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe