The Deseret (UT) News (2/5, Lockhart) reports breast cancer survivors turned out to support a bill in a Utah House committee that would require physicians to notify patients when they have “dense breast tissue” for which additional screening beyond a mammogram might be beneficial. The required disclosure would read: “Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to fully and accurately evaluate your mammogram and detect early signs of possible cancer in the breast,” adding, “You might benefit from additional professionally recognized forms of cancer screening examinations, depending on your personal risk factors and family history.”
Aunt Minnie (2/2, Yee) reports that nearly half of primary care providers “don’t feel prepared to respond to patient questions about breast density,” according to a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health. The article explains, “Although most are aware of their state’s density notification legislation, they remain uncertain about what is required of them to comply and whether supplemental imaging for women with dense tissue is truly effective.” The findings “suggest a disconnect” between the type of legislation enacted by 32 states and its “practical effect, particularly on primary care providers, who are at the forefront of decision-making with patients who receive these notifications.”
HealthImaging (2/1, O'Connor) reports that research suggests “injecting oxygen-filled microbubbles into breast cancer may make tumors three times more responsive to radiation treatment.” The findings were published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology.