Utah Democrats Standing Up For Women’s Health

MEDIA ADVISORY

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Emily Bingham Hollingshead
Communications Director, Utah Senate Democrats
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Dense Breast Tissue Awareness Bill Passes Senate Committee Unanimously

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State Senators gave a nod to Senator Karen Mayne’s Breast Cancer Awareness bill today.   The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Health and Human Services committee this afternoon.

SB31 would recommend that patients who have received a mammogram be notified as to whether or not they have dense breast tissue.  In some cases, dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to diagnose breast cancer through a mammogram .   “The bill simply gives women more information about our own health.  Knowledge is power.  This arms us with  knowledge about our bodies and gives us tools to properly deal with our personal medical issues,” Senator Mayne testified.

Committee members Senator Luz Robles-D, Salt Lake City,  and Senator Pat Jones-D, Salt Lake City, expressed concern that women are not already receiving this information, and encouraged the medical community to give as much education to women as possible regarding the issue.  “Please take this to all of Utah’s doctors an make sure that women are aware, so that they can get proper information regarding their health,” said Senator Jones.

“Women are smart,” said Senator Mayne. “If you give us the knowledge, we will know what to do to take care of ourselves.  But first, we need the information.”

The bill now goes to the Senate floor for debate.

For more information or media requests, please contact Emily Hollingshead, Communications Director for the Utah Senate Democrats:  emily.hollingshead@gmail.comor 435-590-9961

Senator Karen Mayne’s Bill Would Save Lives

MEDIA ADVISORY

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Emily Bingham Hollingshead
Communications Director, Utah Senate Democrats
Ph: 435.590.9961
E:    emily.hollingshead@gmail.com

Senator Karen Mayne working to save women’s lives

SALT LAKE CITY – Senator Karen Mayne-D, West Valley City, is sponsoring a bill that will aid in the fight against breast cancer.  Senate Bill 31 would require doctors to notify a woman if she has dense breast tissue if it has been discovered in a mammogram.   When a woman has dense breast tissue it may be difficult to detect if breast cancer is present.   The bill would simply require that the patient be notified that she has dense breast tissue, along with a recommendation  to consult with her doctor for more information.

“This bill will save lives,” she says. “It’s about arming women with knowledge. Knowledge is power.”

The bill will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today, January 25,  at 2:00pm  in Room 250 of the Utah State Capitol.

For more information or media requests, please contact Emily Hollingshead, Communications Director for the Utah Senate Democrats:  emily.hollingshead@gmail.com or 435-590-9961