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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 824         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1006

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Eileen M. Donoghue

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to breast density notification.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 824        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1006

By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1006) of Eileen M. Donoghue, Karen E. Spilka and James B. Eldridge for legislation relative to the notification breast abnormalties.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to breast density notification.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 5Q the following section:-

              Section 5Q ½.  (a) On completion of a mammogram, a mammography facility licensed by the department of public health shall provide to the patient the following notice:

              “If your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and you have other risk factors for breast cancer that have been identified, you might benefit from supplemental screening tests that may be suggested by your ordering physician.

              Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition.  Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern, but rather to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue.

              A report of your mammography results will be sent to you and your physician.  You should contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding this report.”

              (b) Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, this section does not create a cause of action or create a standard of care, obligation, or duty that provides a basis for a cause of action.

              (c) The information required by this section or evidence that a person violated this section is not admissible in a civil, judicial, or administrative proceeding.

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