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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Conn. Breast Density Screening Law May Set National Standard

CHMP Senior Fellow Liz Seegert wrote this article for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team [C-HIT],  a web-based news service dedicated to producing original, responsible, in-depth journalism on issues of health and safety, in Connecticut and the surrounding region. C-HIT’s team of award-winning journalists provide the public with informative stories about health, safety and medical issues.


Nancy Cappello wants all women to receive the same opportunities for breast cancer screening that women in Connecticut have had for years.

Cappello, who worked for passage of the state’s 2009 breast density notification law, has taken her cause nationally – advocating for similar legislation in every state and lobbying policymakers in Washington D.C.

Connecticut’s law — the first of its kind in the country — requires radiologists to inform women who undergo mammography if they are diagnosed with dense breast tissue, a condition known to obscure cancer detection. These “inform” reports must reference potential benefits of supplemental screening such as an MRI or ultrasound. So far, 11 states have followed Connecticut’s lead by passing similar laws.

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<p>Liz Seegert, MA, is the director of the Media Fellows Program at the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement. She has spent more than 30 years reporting and writing about health and other topics for print, digital and broadcast media. Her primary beats currently encompass aging, Baby Boomers, health policy and social determinants of health. She edits the aging topic area for the Association of Health Care Journalists website, writing and gathering resources on the many health issues affecting older adults. She also co-produces the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement “HealthCetera” podcast, diving into health issues underreported in traditional media. As a senior fellow, she will continue to report on vital public health issues, seeking out voices who offer unique perspectives on policy, health care and practice issues. As director of the Media Fellows Program at the center, she mentors early-career health journalists to build their understanding of these and other key issues within the health care delivery system.</p>

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  • Good law. But, to be honest, I am astonished that a law has to be passed to enforce what radiologists should ethically be doing on their own.
    Guess I am just naive, thinking all professionals will just do the right thing without a law.

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