Today the Senate passed Senate Bill 54, jointly sponsored by Senators John Eklund (R–Munson Township) and Eric Kearney (D-Cincinnati), which would require a mammogram facility to inform a patient of the presence of dense breast tissue.
A woman who has dense breast tissue may be up to five times more likely to develop breast cancer. Additionally, dense breast tissue sometimes hides small abnormalities in the mammogram and can result in a physician missing a diagnosis.
“Women deserve to be informed of any risk factors they have for developing breast cancer and what those factors mean so they can make informed decisions in consultation with their doctors about their health,” said Eklund.
The legislation will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.