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Take Action. Take the Survey. Save Lives.

Posted By on August 15th, 2014 at 8:50 am | 3 comments.

Mammogram-for-PLHave you received a mammogram since February? If so, the PBCC’s Dense Breast Advisory Committee wants to hear from you!  We are conducting a survey to ensure that women in PA are receiving the information they need when it comes to breast density.

The Breast Density Notification Survey will help the PBCC to follow up on Act 86, legislation that requires mammography centers to notify women of their breast density.  Click here to take our short survey and you will be entered to win a free registration to our PBCC Conference on Monday, October 13 at the Harrisburg Hilton.  Take Action. Take the Survey. Save Lives.

YOU Made it Happen! Governor Corbett has Signed the PBCC’s Breast Density Notification Act into Law!

Posted By on November 15th, 2013 at 8:42 am | 203 comments.

PBCC Staff and Governor ImageEarly detection saves lives. That’s why November 1, 2013 was such an important day for the women of Pennsylvania. As a perfect conclusion to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Governor Tom Corbett signed the PBCC’s Breast Density Notification Act into law, requiring mammography facilities to notify women and their physicians of their breast density.

This life-saving legislation, sponsored by Sen. Robert Mensch, brings attention to dense breast tissue and what it can mean. That dense tissue can increase a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at a later, more dangerous, less treatable stage. Many women with dense breast tissue do not know they have it, and a mammogram may not be enough to detect a lump or irregularity in the breast. The Breast Density Notification Act will change that. Now, mammography facilities will be required to alert their patients who have dense breast tissue and possibly offer information on additional screening options.

Thank you to the courageous women who were diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer because of their dense tissue who stood up and shared their brave stories with us over the past year. The PBCC also thanks Sen. Robert Mensch, Rep. Karen Boback, Rep. Matthew Baker, Rep. Mike Turzai and Rep. Frank Dermody for their leadership in the unanimous passage of the Breast Density Notification Act.

Thank you all for turning awareness into action!

The Breast Density Notification Act would not have passed without the support of our brave breast cancer survivors. Cindy Spinello of Union County was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer last year. She had dense breasts and she didn’t know it. So, she decided to take action.

Click on the VIDEO below to hear more about her courageous journey to make an impact and what this legislation means for women in Pennsylvania.

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Take Action. Save Lives. Tell Your State Representative to Support Dense Breast Legislation!

Posted By on September 16th, 2013 at 8:57 am | 15 comments.

Capitol and Pink RibbonWomen in PA need YOUR help!  The PBCC is working on a crucial piece of legislation that would require facilities offering mammograms to notify women with dense breast tissue.  Women with dense breasts have an increased risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at a later, more dangerous stage.  The Senate has passed this legislation, but we’re only halfway there.

This is where YOU come in…

The House of Representatives needs to know the importance of this legislation.  We have created an advocacy toolkit with more information including video, sample letters and details on dense breast tissue.  Call your state representative and tell him or her to support legislation that would save lives in PA!

If you’re a person who was diagnosed with breast cancer at a late stage because of dense breast tissue, please contact us at 800-377-8828 or email us at Info@PABreastCancer.org.

Download our digital advocacy toolkit here

 

 

PA Lawmakers Sport Pink, Raise Awareness at Derby Events

Posted By on August 15th, 2013 at 8:18 am | 0 comments.

PA Lawmakers Derby for PLThe PBCC would like to send a big “Thank You” to PA Sen. Rob Teplitz and PA Rep. Brandon Neuman for promoting breast cancer awareness across the state at this year’s Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby events. Your support and commitment to helping us find a cure for breast cancer is appreciated!

Rep. Neuman also racked up two homers and took home bragging rights at the home of the Erie SeaWolves!  Congratulations!

For complete results from the 2013 Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby events, click here.

 

Call for Action: Dense Breast Legislation Needs Your Help!

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:22 am | 66 comments.

Dense Breast Stock PhotoMany women in Pennsylvania have dense breasts and they don’t know it.  Women with breast cancer who have dense tissue have an increased risk of being diagnosed at a late stage.  The PA Senate has passed legislation to change that, but we’re only halfway there. What can YOU do to help?

The PA Senate has passed Senate Bill 358, making it mandatory for radiologists to alert women who have dense breast tissue.  Now, we need your help to make sure this crucial legislation is passed in the PA House.  Contact your state representative and demand support for dense breast screening legislation.  YOU can help us save thousand of lives!

 

PA survivor and Home Run Derby volunteer Kathie Thomas never knew she had dense breast tissue. She shared her story with the PBCC:

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Thank You Senators Mensch and Vance! PBCC Dense Breast Legislation Moves Forward

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 50 comments.

Dense Breast LegislationImportant legislation regarding Dense Breast Tissue Screening, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch, has passed the PA Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.  We need YOUR help to make sure it becomes law in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 358 would require radiologists to alert patients who have dense breast tissue and to offer those patients alternative screening options.  Dense breast tissue increases a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at a late stage. Many women with dense breast tissue do not know they have it and, if they do, a mammogram may not be enough to detect a lump or irregularity in the breast. By asking your local Senator to vote “Yes” to Senate Bill 358, you can make sure that changes.

Click here to contact your Senator today and make a difference for thousands of women in PA!

 

 

Update on Breast Density Screening Legislation

Posted By on August 16th, 2012 at 9:58 am | 36 comments.

Senator Bob Mensch from Montgomery County introduced legislation regarding breast density screening and insurance coverage for MRI screening.  No committee meeting has yet been scheduled to consider the bill. Can you help by contacting your state senator and asking him or her to help bring the bill up for a hearing before the end of the legislative session? Click here to find your state senator’s contact information.

The first of the two bills would require certified FDA facilities to provide patients with information related to their breast density and post a notice advising women with dense breast tissue that they may benefit from supplemental screening such as a breast MRI. The second bill would amend existing law to extend mandated insurance coverage to ultrasound and MRI screening if a mammogram shows dense breast tissue.

“Mammogram films of breasts with higher density are harder to read and interpret than those of less dense breasts,” said Senator Mensch. “Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer, with a mammogram missing at least 40% of tumors in women with the densest breasts.”

Senator Mensch’s staff member Terry Gillen said, Kudos to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition for raising this important issue.  As a breast cancer survivor, I know that we need to provide women with more information and more options regarding dense breast tissue diagnosis.

Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

Posted By on July 18th, 2012 at 9:56 am | 0 comments.

The recent Supreme Court decision upheld major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. What does this mean for women with breast cancer? Now, any new health plan must provide mammograms without any cost to the patient. Starting in 2014, the following provisions go into effect:

–          No pre-existing conditions

  • Insurers will no longer be able to exclude breast cancer survivors from coverage or charge them a higher premium by defining breast cancer as a pre-existing condition.

–          No caps

  • Insurance companies cannot impose lifetime caps now or starting in 2014 annual dollar caps.

–          No cancellation

  • Insurers can no longer cancel a breast cancer survivor’s insurance policy when she or he gets sick and needs it most.