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Breast Density Bill Signed into Law

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A bill making it mandatory to tell women what type of breast tissue they have was signed into law Monday by Governor Brian Sandoval. That's important because dense breast tissue is a risk factor for breast cancer. And mammograms don't always pick up tumors in dense breast tissue.

I know all too well how difficult it is to find a tumor in dense breasts. My mom was diagnosed with end stage breast cancer six months after getting a clean mammogram. She had a clean mammogram and in actuality, there were four tumors in her left breast. The cancer had been there for so long, it had time to spread to her neck and 38 lymph nodes. 

I truly believe my mom didn't die of breast cancer. She died because of dense breast tissue. 

40 percent of women have dense breast tissue. 

I testified on behalf of AB 147 several times. And Monday, my children and I attended the signing of the law with Governor Brian Sandoval, Assemblyman James Ohrenschall, Assemblyman Randy Kirner and lobbyist Audrey Damonte.  

The law takes effect January 1, 2014.

Written by Wendy Damonte 

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