Margies Law, effective July 1, 2019, requires health-care facilities in Georgia to notify patients if their mammogram demonstrates dense breast tissue using the statement below:
“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect cancer through a mammogram. Also, dense breast tissue may increase your risk for breast cancer. This information about the result of your mammogram is given to you to increase your awareness. Use this information to talk with your health-care provider about whether other supplemental tests in addition to your mammogram may be appropriate for you, based on your individual risk. A report of your results was sent to your ordering physician. If you are self-referred, a report of your results was sent to you in addition to this summary.”
Had we not passed Margie’s Law, they would not have had any idea what breast density is or what it means to them as far as the cancer risk associated with it. They are so thankful and appreciative of having that knowledge to be able to further advocate and push forward with their health-care providers to help ensure that they are protecting themselves as much as they can.
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