October 27th, 2017

Breast Density Notification Legislation

Advocate Anne Zellner, Senator Alberta Darling, myself, advocate and constituent Gail Zeamer, Rep. Mary Felzkowski

This week, Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and I held a press conference introducing dense breast tissue notification legislation. We were joined by Gail Zeamer, a constituent of the 55th Assembly District and survivor of breast cancer, who has been an important advocate for breast density notification. We were also joined by State Representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Anne Zellner, an advocate from the Waukesha area.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it is very fitting that we were able to release this legislation this week. During this time it is common to see thousands of our fellow Americans wearing pink clothing and ribbons expressing their support for women with breast cancer. This disease has impacted millions of women around the world and continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. In fact, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and it is estimated that over 250,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. These are troubling statistics, but there is still hope. This bill will help women with early detection, prevention, and awareness, and I am glad my constituent, Gail Zeamer, has brought this important legislation to light in Wisconsin.

LRB 3518 requires facilities that perform mammograms to provide a notice to women regarding dense breast tissue if they have heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue can make it harder to detect tumors in a mammogram and is itself a risk factor. The notification would be provided on a federally-mandated summary of mammography results which is already sent to women after their mammogram. The goal of the notification is to raise women’s awareness regarding breast density and to ensure they have the information necessary to proactively discuss their breast health with health-care providers.

“Nearly 40% of women have dense breast tissue. This notification will better inform women of the results of their mammograms,” Senator Darling said, “Early detection is the key to treating and surviving breast cancer. This bill will ensure that women in Wisconsin understand their test results and can begin detecting breast cancer as early as possible.”

The bill is now circulating in the Assembly and Senate for co-sponsorship.

Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow, October 28th. There are several locations in our area where you can dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs, including the police departments in the City of Neenah, City of Menasha, City of Appleton, and the Village of Fox Crossing. We all must safely dispose of these items; they should never be flushed or put down the drain as they pose a contamination risk to our water supply.

For a complete list of drop off locations, visit the Wisconsin Department of Justice Website.

Have a Happy Halloween Weekend!

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