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GOVERNOR GARY HERBERT SIGNS A BILL THAT REQUIRES DOCTORS TO TELL WOMEN IF THEY SHOW SIGNS OF DENSE BREAST TISSUE. ELEVENNEWS REPORTER DANI HALLOWS JOINS US. DANI, HOW WILL THIS NEW LAW IMPACT UTAH WOMEN? BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS ARE CELEBRATING THE SIGNING OF THE BILL, MAINLY BECAUSE THE LAW EMPOWERS WOMEN WITH INFORMATION THAT DOCTORS USED TO GLOSS OVER IN MAMMOGRAM REPORTS. “And I kept saying over and over again that women need to know, want to know, and have a right to know.” WITH THE HELP OF SEVERAL BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, REPRESENTATIVE LAVAR CHRISTENSEN PUSHED A BILL THROUGH THE UTAH LEGISLATURE.

THE LAW REQUIRES DOCTORS TO TELL WOMEN WHEN THEIR DENSE BREAST TISSUE COULD BE HIDING CANCER. MOST OF THE TIME, WOMEN GET A CALL AFTER A MAMMOGRAM THAT TELLS THEM EVERYTHING IS OKAY, THEY NEVER HEAR ABOUT THEIR DENSE BREAST TISSUE. THAT WAS THE CASE FOR COLETTE MOSER. “Well I had an experience personally where I had a concern where mammography did not find my concern; my cancer.” DENSE BREAST TISSUE OFTEN HIDES STAGE THREE OR FOUR CANCER IN A COMMON MAMMOGRAM. AFTER COLLETTE STRUGGLED TO FIND ANSWERS FROM THE TRADITIONAL SCREENING, SHE WANTED CHANGE. “The more I learned about it and knew about it, I just thought it wasn’t right that women weren’t being notified, that they weren’t being told.” THIRTY-ONE OTHER STATES HAVE SIMILAR LAWS, BUT UTAH FACED FIERCE OPPOSITION TO GET THE BILL TO PASS.

SOME DOCTORS FELT THAT WOMEN DID NOT NEED TO USE OTHER FORMS OF SCREENING LIKE AN MRI. “Different segments of the medical profession that maybe favored one form of examination over another” ACCORDING TO THE HUNTSMAN CANCER INSTITUTE, FIFTY PERCENT OF WOMEN HAVE DENSE BREAST TISSUE. WOMEN LIKE COLETTE AND MARILYN HOPE THE NEW LAW WILL NOT SCARE, BUT EMPOWER WOMEN. “And it’s a great day for women, uhm, we did good on capitol hill this year.” LEGISLATORS AND DOCTORS STILL ENCOURAGE WOMEN TO GET THEIR YEARLY MAMMOGRAM.

NOW WOMEN WILL JUST GET MORE INFORMATION FROM THEIR REPORT. BACK TO YOU. THANKS DANI..

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