Breast-density notification bill signed into law Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Sep 24, 2012 at 11:18 am
A bill authored by state Sen. Joe Simitian that would require physicians to notify women who have dense breast tissue of their increased risk of breast cancer has been signed over the weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown and is now law of the land.
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Posted by Sally Bemus, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Sep 24, 2012 at 11:49 am
Congratulations and a huge thank you to Joe and Amy for your teamwork and determination in bringing this to fruition. I can write this note because I had the good fortune to have found my breast cancer tumor when it was in the early stages. I'll never forget the first meeting with my oncologist who assured me that with early detection breast cancer is one on the most curable forms of cancer. I hope this legislation will increase the survival rate for many more women.
Posted by Don't mix politics and medicine, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Well meaning law. Inappropriate forum. Legislators should stay out of medicine unless absolutely necessary. Screening issues are complicated and should be based on well designed randomized patient studies, not anecdotal cases. Brown should have stuck to his guns.
Posted by breht, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Sep 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm
If a law is necessary to require doctors to provide notice of suspicious tissue, then this law is necessary. Obviously, "well designed randomized patient studies" missed Amy Colton's cancer. Why should she, or anyone for that matter be subject to gambling their lives on randomized studies by those viewing their test results? Obviously, law needs to be this much more involved in medicine, since the implication is that doctors don't always tell their patients the truth about their tests. Lumps are potential cancers.