Michigan’s Breast Density Legislation
Michigan is the 21st state to enact breast density notification legislation. Effective June 1, 2015 Michigan law requires that mammography service providers inform patients if they have “dense breast tissue” on screening mammography. Patients are urged to discuss their results with their primary care provider.
As a consequence, primary care physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses must be well-versed in breast cancer screening, risk stratification, and options for supplemental screening when needed.
About the Legislation
The Michigan Breast Density Notification Law, effective June 1, 2015, will have real implications for primary care providers and their patients.
The Michigan Breast Density Notification Law directly mandates a change in practice for mammography providers that will greatly affect primary care providers.
Breast density is the ratio of fat to fibrous and glandular tissue in the breast. Dense breasts are not abnormal, but may have an impact on health screening and care.