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June 6, 2013

New California State Law Regarding Dense Breast Tissue

New California State Law Regarding Dense Breast Tissue

A new California State Law (Senate Bill 1538) requires that lay summaries about a woman’s breast density be sent in addition to the letter she already receives from the radiologist after every mammogram. Thus, on April 1, 2013, in compliance with the new California state law, we began sending the following information to patients with heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you to raise you awareness and to inform your conversation with your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. A report of your results was sent to your physician.”

Imaging Healthcare Specialists realizes that receipt of this information may raise patient anxiety and result in more inquiries to you. Our radiologists strongly support evidence-based medical decision-making and have resources to help guide patients and their clinical providers to determine if any supplemental screening is recommended.

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October 1, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is proud to partner with Susan G. Komen and the women of San Diego County for the fight against breast cancer. In recognition of this important initiative, Imaging Healthcare Specialists would like to encourage all women over the age of 40 to schedule their annual mammogram.

Here are a few facts to help you Know Your Curves:

  • Mammograms detect 2-3 times as many early breast cancers as physical exams
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
  • ¾ of women diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer or other factors that put them at high risk
  • The American Cancer Society continues to recommend annual screening using mammography and clinical breast exams for all women beginning at age 40
  • Early detection saves lives

Schedule you annual mammogram today at 866.558.4320 – it could be all the warning you need to save a lifetime of rewards.