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Breast Density Patient Notification Requirements (Posted 2/18/2015)

Public Act 517 of 2014 was signed into law on January 10, 2015 and will be effective on June 1, 2015. The Act requires mammography facilities to provide certain information to a patient whose mammogram demonstrates heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breast tissue. The information must be in the written lay summary to the patient and include the following information:

"Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer through a mammogram. Also, dense breast tissue may increase your risk for breast cancer. This information about the result of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness. Use this information to discuss with your health care provider whether other supplemental tests in addition to your mammogram may be appropriate for you, based on your individual risk. A report of your results was sent to your ordering physician. If you are self-referred, a report of your results was sent to you in addition to this summary."

Beginning with mammography inspections performed on or after June 1, 2015, section inspectors will ask to see evidence of compliance with this requirement.

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