Breast density bill awaits Gov. Snyder’s approval

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — A bill that would require doctors to inform women about how the density of their breast tissue could impact the effectiveness of a mammogram was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House.

In a 92 to 18 vote, the House passed the Catch Cancer Early Breast Density Inform bill late Thursday night.

The bill will now head to Gov. Snyder’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law.

Both the Senate and a House of Representatives committee had already passed the bill earlier this year, but it was still awaiting approval from the House floor.

Dense breast tissue can make it difficult to see a tumor on a mammogram. The bill would require doctors to tell patients if their mammogram shows they have dense breast tissue so they can make an informed decision about whether other tests are appropriate for them.

Opponents of the bill have said that decisions about medical data should be between a doctor and patient, and that creating laws about what doctors must tell patients are a “slippery slope.”

==Teresa Hendricks, a breast cancer survivor and one of the main supporters behind the breast density bill, will join 24 Hour News 8 around 5:40 p.m. to talk about what this means for women moving forward==

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