(WASHINGTON) TND — Spotlight on America sounded the alarm about a disturbing gap in our nation’s healthcare protocols when it comes to breast cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40% of women have dense breast tissue – which is a risk for cancer – yet many women had no idea because there was no requirement for mammogram centers to communicate this information to their patients.
The FDA announced its final rule on this issue, which requires providers to notify women with dense breasts of their status and the potential need for further screening to detect any breast cancer on Thursday. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, a longtime advocate on this issue was featured in previous Spotlight on America reports.
She partnered with Brian Fitzpatrick, R-PA, to push for this rule.
“When it comes to surviving cancer, early detection is key,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Ninety-nine percent of women who receive an early breast cancer diagnosis survive …