SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State Senators gave a nod to Senator Karen Mayne’s Breast Cancer Awareness bill today. The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Health and Human Services committee this afternoon.
SB31 would recommend that patients who have received a mammogram be notified as to whether or not they have dense breast tissue. In some cases, dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to diagnose breast cancer through a mammogram.
“The bill simply gives women more information about our own health,” Senator Mayne testified. “Knowledge is power. This arms us with knowledge about our bodies and gives us tools to properly deal with our personal medical issues.”
Committee members Senator Luz Robles-D, Salt Lake City, and Senator Pat Jones-D, Salt Lake City, expressed concern that women are not already receiving this information, and encouraged the medical community to give as much education to women as possible regarding the issue.
”Please take this to all of Utah’s doctors and make sure that women are aware, so that they can get proper information regarding their health,” said Senator Jones.
“Women are smart,” Senator Mayne said. “If you give us the knowledge, we will know what to do to take care of ourselves. But first, we need the information.”
The bill now goes to the Senate floor for debate.