|Sent on:||Tuesday, July 24, 2012 5:25 PM|
Dear Fellow New Yorker,
Did you know that dense breast tissue is one of the leading risk factors for breast cancer in women? Dense breast tissue is very common, but it can make it more difficult to find cancer on a mammogram. In addition, women with high breast density are more likely to develop breast cancer than women with low breast density.
To help improve breast cancer detection and prevention, Governor Cuomo signed legislation yesterday that will require mammography services to inform patients if dense breast tissue is found during an exam.
“Early detection can save lives and this new law will give women who may be at a higher risk for breast cancer the information they need to consult with their physician about follow-up screening and other preventive measures,” Governor Cuomo said.
This new law will ensure that more women are receiving this critical information, which could lead to earlier detection and save lives. Women should be aware and discuss with their doctor all potential risk factors, including, but not limited to, tissue density, age, family history of breast cancer, obesity, and alcohol consumption.
The new New York is one that works for you and your family.
The Office of the Governor
This is a message from the New York State Executive Chamber, State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224.