Mensch Bill to Improve Breast Cancer Detection Becomes Law

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) to improve the early detection of breast cancer was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett today.

Senate Bill 358 will require facilities offering mammograms to provide patients with the notification of breast density. Attending the bill signing with Governor Corbett and Senator Mensch were First Lady Susan Corbett; state Rep. Karen Boback (R-117); Pat Halpin-Murphy from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition; breast cancer survivors and their families; and members of the medical community.

“Dense breast tissue is a relatively common condition, but it can hide abnormalities and complicate early detection of breast cancer,” said Mensch.  “Notification will allow women to know their own breast density. With that information, they can talk to their doctor about what their breast density rating means and whether they are at a higher risk for breast cancer.”

An estimated 32 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania every day. Women who have extremely dense breast tissue are at a four-to-six-times greater risk of developing breast cancer.

“As important as mammograms are, we’ve learned that they are not enough. While 40 percent of women who get mammograms have dense breast tissue, almost 95 percent of women are unaware of their own breast density,” Mensch said. “This new law will establish a protocol for informing women. Better communication and better screening can save lives.”

More information about state issues is available at Senator Mensch’s website, www.SenatorMensch.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch and Twitter at @SenatorMensch

CONTACT:

Sarah Stroman sstroman@pasen.gov
(215) 541-2388