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
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.
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.
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