On Thursday, March 21st at 10:00 a.m., Santa Clara County Supervisor (and former State Senator) Joe Simitian will host a media call on the breast cancer detection law that goes into effect April 1st. Simitian will be joined by Dr. Imtiaz Qureshi, Medical Director of Imaging Services at El Camino Hospital, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Barb Dehn, and breast cancer survivor Amy Colton.
An estimated 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue, which makes it more difficult to detect abnormalities on a mammogram and increases their chances of developing breast cancer. The new law (Senate Bill 1538), introduced by Simitian and signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year, requires that following a mammogram, individuals with dense breast tissue be informed of the following:
· They have dense breast tissue;
· That dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of a mammogram;
· That it is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer;
· That information about breast density is given to discuss with their doctor; and
· That a range of screening options are available.
A January 2011 study by the Mayo Clinic found that in women with dense breast tissue 75% of cancer is missed by mammography alone.
WHAT: Media Call on New Dense Breast Tissue Notification Law
WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 2013
WHO: County Supervisor Joe Simitian
Imtiaz Qureshi, MD, Medical Director of Imaging Services, El Camino Hospital
Barb Dehn, RN, MS, NP, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Amy Colton, RN, breast cancer survivor and nurse from Santa Cruz
CALL-IN NUMBER: (877) 581-9247; Access Code is 963422
Media Contact: Christine Stavem, Office of Supervisor Joe Simitian, (408) 299-5050 or (650) 289-9038
Posted: March 20, 2013