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Post-mammogram letters often confuse more than they they help
Washington Post

Knowledge is power, right? That’s the rationale behind new state laws and possible federal legislation requiring breast imaging centers to alert women if they have dense breasts — breast tissue that is relatively less fatty and more likely to look white on a mammogram, hiding tumors. For more than a decade, each patient getting a mammogram has received a written report explaining her result. Legislation that was introduced by Rep.

Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) during the last congressional session and is expected to be reintroduced would require that information about each woman’s breast density be added to these “lay” letters.