Public Act 517 of 2014 - Michigan is the 21st state to enact breast density notification legislation. Effective June 1, 2015 Michigan PA 517 of 2014 requires that mammography service providers inform patients, in writing, if they have “dense breast tissue” on screening mammography. Patients are then urged to discuss their results with their primary care provider.
As a consequence, primary care physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses must be well-versed in breast cancer screening, risk stratification, and options for supplemental screening when needed.
www.MIDensebreasts.org is an education resource, created for primary care providers, by the University of Michigan Health System in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This Continuing Medical Education activity has been designed to further provider understanding of the Michigan Breast Density Notification Law and its implications for patient care.
New Law: Some Women Must Be Notified of Mammogram Limits - Detroit Free Press (June 2, 2015) Reading mammograms is about picking out malignant abnormalities from a sometimes confusing field of patches and threads and spots. In up to 1 in 2 women, dense tissue makes it even more difficult.