St. Petersburg, Florida -- There could be a law that would require doctors to talk to you about your mammogram results or face a fine.
Lawmakers have passed legislation in a few states requiring doctors to tell women following their mammo whether they have dense breasts and are potentially at higher risk for cancer. Lawmakers in Florida and more than a dozen other states are considering controversial legislation to provide clear information about mammogram results and your options such as an ultrasound or MRI.
The medical community is mostly opposed to legislation, concerned it could lead to unnecessary testing. But doctors like Freya Schnabel, the Director of Breast Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center say it's important to know all the facts.
"Knowledge about density coupled with risk assessment should be part of the conversation about how each woman should be screened for breast cancer," Schnabel said.
The National Cancer Institute says mammograms miss up to 20 percent of breast cancers.
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