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Legislative Advocacy

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition has worked, since its inception, to better the lives of women and their families in Pennsylvania.

YOU Made it Happen! The PBCC recently worked with PA Sen. Robert Mensch and PA Rep. Karen Boback to pass the Breast Density Notification Act.  Governor Corbett signed the bill into law in November.

What is dense breast tissue?

Dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more connective tissue which appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also appears white on a mammogram thus tumors are often hidden behind the dense tissue.
Women with dense breasts who have breast cancer are at an increased risk of being diagnosed at a late stage.
Breast density is consistently associated with breast cancer risk, more strongly than many other risk factors and extensive breast density may account for a substantial fraction of breast cancer. - Journal of National Cancer Institute

How Can You Help?

Many women who have dense breast tissue don’t know it. Now that we have passed legislation requiring mammography centers to notify women of their breast density, we want to ensure women are equipped with the knowledge they need.  When you receive correspondence from your annual mammogram, remove your name and personal information and send a copy to or fax it to (717) 769-2131.  Thank you for helping us with this important work!

Want to learn more about dense breast tissue and what it means for women in Pennsylvania?

Watch Kathie's story here.

Click here to contact your state lawmaker and thank him/her for supporting the PBCC's efforts!


Click here to see more of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition's legislative victories.