Should dense breast notification be mandatory in Washington state?

Worth discussion? Opposed by the AMA for what sounds like a valid reason. But both sides have good points. Whatever bill gets reintroduced, we here on the Peninsula should understand whether we should be advocating for it or not in the new State legislature in January.

SEATTLE – Washington State has some of the highest breast cancer rates in the country, with an incidence rate above the national average.  Among women in Washington, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer statewide.

However, efforts to pass a dense-breast law, a mandate in 27 other states, have failed since 2014.

A dense breast law would require radiologists to include information about a woman’s breast density in a post-mammogram letter.  State Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Is., introducedSenate Bill 6146  this year, but it failed to get a hearing before the Health Care committee.

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