Ohio breast density reporting bill becomes law

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has signed his state’s breast density reporting bill into law, making Ohio the 20th state to successfully enact such legislation.

Under the new law, mammography facilities in the state must include the following statement in the written report given to patients should it be determined they have dense breast tissue:

"Your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities. Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern; rather, it is to raise your awareness and promote discussion with your health care provider regarding the presence of dense breast tissue in addition to other risk factors."

The bill was brought by Ohio Senators John Eklund (R) and Eric Kearney (D) on behalf of Anne Gates, an Ohio resident whose sister Christine died from breast cancer after receiving normal mammogram reports.

The number of states with breast density notification laws might not stay put at 20 for long; a bill in Michigan has been passed by the state legislature and sent to the governor to be signed, according to Are You Dense Advocacy.