Wisconsin introduces dense breast tissue reporting bill

Posted at 6:44 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 19:45:18-04

A proposed law would give women more information about the results of their mammograms.

The breast density notification bill was introduced Wednesday afternoon. Research shows that dense breast tissue is very common in women under the age of 40. When thinking about breast cancer prevention, breast density is a conversation for women nationwide.

When it's cloudy outside it can sometimes be hard to see the sun, very comparable to finding a cancer mass in dense breast tissue during a mammogram that’s why GOP lawmakers are introducing this bill.

The law would require health care professionals to inform their patients if they have dense breast tissue. Chandra Williams a breast cancer survivor supports the bill and thinks it would help with early detection.

"I think it's a great thing. I think it will save lives, absolutely because if you don't know to go sooner or more frequently you can't get in the winner’s circle," Williams said.

However Bonnie Anderson, a licensed nurse and breast cancer survivor does have some concerns over the law.

"I really do believe that knowledge is power. So I’m not against a woman knowing that she has dense breasts,” Anderson said.

"My concern with the bill would be if the bill does pass my hope would be that there's a mandate also for insurance companies to allow women to go further with testing."

31 other states already have similar laws like this one. 9 states including Wisconsin are currently working to pass a law.

Now we did question lawmakers in Madison on if this bill will increase health care costs for women or men. They said it won't. We'll stay on top of this story.