Newsplex - Martha Jefferson HealthWise - Headlines

Healthwise: New Mammography Laws

June 27, 2012

Starting Sunday, a number of laws will go into effect in the Commonwealth; one will change the reporting when it comes to women and mammography.

The new legislation is called HB 83 and it goes into effect on July 1. It requires all facilities doing mammography not only to inform the referring clinician about the density of a patient’s breast, but also to inform the patient.

“Our thoughts are that a better informed patient is a better patient,” said Dr. Colt Peyton, a Diagnostic Radiologist at Martha Jefferson.

Dr. Peyton says interpreting a screening when a woman has dense breasts may be more difficult than in images where the women don’t have dense breasts.

“Breast tissue is essentially composed of fatty tissue or fibrous tissue. Fibrous tissue is dense breast; it is white on a mammogram and it can make interpretation somewhat challenging the more dense the patient’s breast,” said Dr. Peyton.

Dr. Peyton also says that women who have dense breasts may also be at an increased risk for breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, two thirds of women under age 50 have dense breast tissue. That’s why Dr. Peyton encourages regular mammograms.

“Almost all breast cancer is subtle and therefore it is important and imperative that patients undergo a yearly screening mammography so that the radiologist can look for subtle changes that indicate early breast cancer,” said Dr. Peyton.

In just a few days, each time a woman goes in for a mammogram, the new law will make sure she finds out important information about her breasts density.

Dr. Peyton says the only way a person will know if they have dense breasts is by mammography. It’s not something that you can tell by a physical exam or a self-breast exam.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 160541455