Brem Foundation's Andrea Wolf Discusses Passage of D.C. Breast Density Screening and Notification Act
"D.C.'s law includes everyone thanks to an insurance mandate for the additional screenings required for dense breast tissue. This means that lower income women will be able to access the tests that they need so that they can find early breast cancer even in dense tissue." -- Andrea Wolf, Brem Foundation
By: Brem Foundation
"Notification about breast density is vitally important because over 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue. Those women are 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer. The problem is that cancer in dense breast tissue is much harder to detect on a regular mammogram, so extra testing like ultrasounds or MRIs are required," Wolf says.
Joining 37 other states that have passed similar legislation, D.C. -- which has the highest death rate from breast cancer in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control -- is taking a critical step toward increasing awareness and access to much needed screenings for breast health. What's more, D.C.'s legislation goes further than most states.
"D.C.'s law includes everyone thanks to an insurance mandate for the additional screenings required for dense breast tissue. This means that lower income women will be able to access the tests that they need so that they can find early breast cancer even in dense tissue," Wolf says.
The Brem Foundation partnered with other organizations to bring this legislation before the D.C. Council, and they are continuing their work in raising awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer.
"We are thrilled about the new federal effort to include breast density notification in mammogram reports across the country. Currently, the Brem Foundation is working to include educational programming on early detection into corporate employee wellness programs for large and mid-sized companies," says Wolf.
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