Governor Signs Legislation to Help Kentuckians Combat Cancer
Bill Stephens, Web Editor
April 17th, 2017
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 17, 2017) – The Governor recently signed into law a measure to improve patient knowledge and increase early detection, specifically on the results of a mammogram. House Bill 78, championed by Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown, will require the provider of the mammography service to provide information to the patient on breast density, which can hide cancers, when appropriate. Prior to passage of this measure, information on this risk factor was not required to be provided to patients.
Nationwide, more than 230,000 men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Patients with dense tissue have a higher risk of breast cancer. It is also harder for healthcare providers to detect issues in a mammogram when tissue is dense. The goal of the bill is to inform patients so that they can discuss with their doctor their best method for screening and potentially find cancer at its earliest stage.