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State Assembly passes breast screening bill

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Senate is now looking to pass a bill through their chambers that would require mammogram providers to notify women if they have dense breast tissue.

The bipartisan measure passed the assembly this month. Supporters say that information will help them make better health choices since it's more difficult to detect cancerous tumors in women with dense breast tissue.

The bill requires providers to give women a notice explaining that they have what is known as dark tissue and they can talk with their doctor about whether they need additional cancer screening.

"Halfway through my cancer treatment, I would finally be told by my radiologist that finding my tumor was like finding a polar bear in a snowstorm," said breast cancer survivor Gail Zeamer. "You see dense breasts show up as white on a regular 3D mammogram, but so do tumors."

The measure is co-sponsored by Sen. Alberta Darling, a breast cancer survivor.

She says the notice will ensure that women in Wisconsin can begin detecting breast cancer as early as possible.

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