*** 17 June, 2011: Governor Perry signed Henda’s Law in Austin! ***
My mission is simple
To pass legislation in Texas to increase education and awareness about dense breast tissue and to help at risk women and those with dense breast tissue get better screening options to detect breast cancer at an early stage. Mammograms save lives but it fails more than 20% of the time to detect tumors in women with dense breast tissue. Allen Vaught, the previous Texas House Representative for district 107, proposed a bill to improve screening and information for women at higher risk and with dense breast tissue.
Texas Legislature Session 2011
House Representative Ana Hernandez is sponsoring the legislation about dense breast tissue in the House and Senator Rodney Ellis in the Senate - HB2102
The legislation will require that a certified mammography facility approved by the FDA or a certification agency approved by the FDA, shall upon completion of the mammogram provide to the patient information that contains the following:
“If your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and you have other risk factors for breast cancer that have been identified, you might benefit from supplemental screening tests that may be suggested by your ordering physician. Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern, but rather to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue. A report of your mammogram results, will be sent to you and your physician. You should contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding this report.”