Oklahoma Newest of 26 States to Require Women be Notified of Breast Density and Cancer Risk

Oklahoma Newest of 26 States to Require Women be Notified of Breast Density and Cancer Risk
FAllinMA measure signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on April 21 will require healthcare providers to notify women who may be at an increased risk of breast cancer. Under House Bill 2601, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Ritze, healthcare facilities are obliged to include breast density information in all mammography reports, and to additionally notify patients with extremely dense breast tissue that they may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer. RitzeM"Dense breast tissue is not abnormal," said Rep. Ritze, a board-certified physician, in a release, "but it does make it more difficult to detect abnormalities and leads to an increased risk of cancer." "This is an effort to ensure that women have the information they need to make informed decisions about their health," added Rep. Ritze (R-Broken Arrow), who is chair of the Oklahoma House Public Health Committee. "When patients are empowered with information, they are far more likely to act upon that information and take steps to reduce their risk." He emphasized that the measure, which comes into effect in November, does not create a duty of care or other legal obligation beyond the duty to provide noti
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