McAuliffe’s Dense Breast Tissue Act Passes Both Chambers

Springfield, IL… State Representative Michael McAuliffe’s (R-Chicago) legislation to create the Dense Breast Tissue Act has passed the House and Senate unanimously.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1506, requires the provider of mammography services to notify patients in their mammography report if they have dense breast tissue and include specified information about dense breast tissue and its impact on mammographies. SB1506 applies to all facilities that provide mammography services in Illinois, and allows these facilities to update the language in the notice to reflect advances in science and technology without the need for future legislation.

McAuliffe has sponsored similar legislation in the past, however, because the Department of Public Health does not oversee mammography centers, current law is not being enforced.  Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect cancer on a mammogram and may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, which is why the Representative sponsored this initiative. 

“Mammograms have saved lives and this legislation ensures that the mammograms can be even more helpful for women who are at a greater risk of breast cancer,” said McAuliffe.  “I believe that this legislation can help women in early detection by arming them with all the information they need to know about their health.”

SB 1506 was sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). It now heads to the Governor’s desk.