Twenty four states have now enacted breast density reporting legislation, according to DenseBreast-info.org, an organization that provides education about dense breast tissue to patients and health care professionals. The laws require health care providers to notify women whose mammograms reveal dense breast tissue.
In addition, eight other states have bills up for consideration in 2015 or 2016. There are also federal legislative efforts underway, including separate bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, House Resolution 716 and Senate Bill 370. The federal bills set out to define a national reporting standard for mammography reports that include information about breast density and how dense tissue may mask the presence of breast cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration also announced that it anticipates issuing a breast density reporting amendment to the Mammography Quality Standards Act sometime in 2015.
The regulatory amendment also could set a national reporting standard in the absence of federal legislation.