North Carolina Passes Breast Density Law

North Carolina is the 12th state to enact a breast density notification law.

The North Carolina legislature recently passed a law (Session Law 2013-321) requiring that all women who have mammograms be informed of their breast tissue type.  Specifically, women who have dense breast tissue will receive the following statement in writing as part of their mammogram result:

“Your mammogram indicates that you may have dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue is relatively common and is found in more than forty percent (40%) of women. The presence of dense tissue may make it more difficult to detect abnormalities in the breast and may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. We are providing this information to raise awareness of this important factor and to encourage you to talk with your physician about this and other breast cancer risk factors. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. A report of your results was sent to your physician.”

The new law becomes effective on January 1, 2014