Legislation to improve the early detection of breast cancer is awaiting the signature of Governor Tom Corbett.
Senate Bill 358, approved by the state House Wednesday, will require facilities offering mammograms to provide their patients with the notification of breast density.
Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) said he sponsored the measure because dense breast tissue can hide abnormalities and complicate early detection of breast cancer.
He said notification will allow women to know their breast density so they can talk to their doctor about what their rating means and whether they are at a higher risk for breast cancer.
Women who have extremely dense breast tissue are at a four-to-six-times greater risk of developing breast cancer, Mensch said.