05312017CM0529RSVILLA PARK – Women across Illinois will now have better breast cancer detection, thanks to a law sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton sponsored House Bill 4392, which will require a mammographer to notify a patient if they have dense breast tissue, was signed into law earlier this month.

“This new law can save lives. Early diagnosis saves lives,” Cullerton said. “Being informed about risks associated with dense breast tissue could possibly be the difference between life and death. It’s our health care providers’ responsibility to notify patients about possible dangers.”

House Bill 4392 requires mammograghers or mammographer technologists to recommend patients follow up with their physicians and provide patients with informative brochures to educate them on potential risks if their mammogram relieves a patient has dense breast tissue.

Research has shown that dense breasts can be 6 times more likely to develop cancer and makes it harder for mammograms to detect breast cancer.

“Science has made amazing advances to provide successful treatment and detection of breast cancer. However it is absolutely vital that cancer is discovered at an early stage. This requires patients to be educated and kept informed about signs and symptom,” Cullerton said. “We must do whatever we can to save lives.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health is required to provide educational information for facilities and health care providers that perform mammograms such as clinics, hospitals and physician’s offices.

House Bill 4392 passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

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