- Published: 19 August 2014
A new public health measure was signed into law on Friday that will increase awareness of a life-saving new medical tool: 3D mammograms.
The law, sponsored in the Illinois Senate by John G. Mulroe (D-10), requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to include information on the newest form of breast cancer detection in their pamphlets. That new form of breast cancer detection is 3D mammography.
3D mammography is a relatively new technology that is able to more quickly and accurately detect breast cancer, especially among women who have dense breast tissue.
“Lives will be saved by making information on this technology available,” said Mulroe, who is Chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee. “Women, especially those with dense breast tissue, will receive more accurate results from this kind of mammogram and will have fewer instances of return visits and unnecessary biopsies.”
Experts believe 40 percent of women in the United States have dense breast tissue. Because dense breast tissue can make cancerous masses more difficult to detect on a regular 2D mammogram, this new law will give women important information about alternative mammogram options if they have dense breast tissue.