Harrisburg – As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) honored the 2014 Pink Ribbon Awardees at the PBCC Conference on October 13.
Among the 2014 awardees was State Senator Bob Mensch (R-Berks, Bucks, Montgomery) who introduced Pennsylvania’s Breast Density Notification Act. Dense breast tissue can mask tumors on a mammogram, often leading to a more dangerous, less-treatable breast cancer diagnosis. The Breast Density Notification Act requires mammography facilities to notify women of their breast density so that they can make informed choices about further testing. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to PBCC for this recognition. With the notification of breast density, women can talk to their doctor about what their breast density rating means and whether they are at a higher risk for breast cancer,” said Mensch. “That’s a discussion that should happen, and this bill ensures that women will have the information in hand to have that discussion.”
In addition, Senator Mensch and the PBCC have launched a Dense Breast Advisory Committee to develop educational materials helpful to women with dense breasts. “The Committee focuses on the implementation of the breast density notification act and how it is affecting women and health care facilities,” said Mensch. “It is important that we stay updated on the progress of the legislation and continue to educate women on this important aspect of their health. This Advisory Committee will work creating ‘best practices’ materials that will be helpful to women and less cumbersome to the mammography provider. I look forward to our next meeting and our continued progress.”
Recently, the PBCC held an interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu98Kc2sfUU&feature=youtu.be) with Senator Mensch to discuss his role in the Breast Density Notification Act and breast cancer awareness. For a video
The PBCC is a statewide organization based in Lebanon, Lebanon County, with a board of directors, a staff of eight and a network of volunteers across the state. The PBCC exists to help the 12,000 women in Pennsylvania who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, to support the families of the 2,200 women who will lose that battle and to serve as a resource for the hundreds of thousands more women currently living with the disease.
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