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Are you prepared for Oregon’s new breast density notification law?

January 2014

As of Jan. 1, a new Oregon law requires mammography facilities to notify patients if they have extremely dense breast tissue. Based on the experience of California, which enacted a similar law last year, you can expect many questions to be raised by your patients.

Legacy will notify every Oregon mammography patient about the density of their breast tissue at the same time they receive their mammogram results.

Many questions expected

Legacy Cancer Institute and our radiologists are assisting primary care providers to answer patient questions with the following information:

Required letter language

Following is draft mammogram results letter language that women with dense breasts will receive, as required by the new Oregon law. While the final language is not yet approved by the state of Oregon, it is not expected to change significantly. Note the suggestion to discuss the results with your health care provider:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. For most women, breast density decreases with age, but in some women, there is little change. Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. This information is provided to you by Oregon State Law to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your health care provider about your own risk for breast cancer. Together, you can decide if additional breast imaging tests such as a breast ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Breast-Specific-Gamma-Imaging (BSGI) would be beneficial based on your risk factors and physical examinations. A report of your results was sent to your health care provider.”

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