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Breast Density Bill Awaits Corbett’s Signature, Boback Says
HARRISBURG – The House voted unanimously today to pass Senate Bill 358, according to Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming). The bill would require U.S. Food and Drug Administration facilities to notify women of their breast density, which can impact the effectiveness of traditional mammograms. It now awaits the signature of Gov. Tom Corbett.

The legislation was authored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Bucks/Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) and an identical bill was introduced by Boback. Both the House and Senate legislation require FDA facilities to provide patients with information regarding their breast density, including recommendations to contact the referring physician should the patient have questions or wish to discuss the report.

“Mammograms of women with more dense breasts can be harder to read,” Boback said. “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am proud that the Legislature has provided women with another potentially life-saving tool against this horrible disease.”

A companion bill, Senate Bill 359, would require insurance coverage of additional screenings needed for women with more dense breasts. That bill remains with the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

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Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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