Fitzpatrick works to raise awareness about breast cancer risks

With about 200,000 American women diagnosed with breast cancer annually, U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) recently introduced legislation to ensure that breast density information is included in mammogram test results to make women and their medical providers more aware of elevated risks of breast cancer.

Studies show that women with dense breast tissue are at least four times more likely to develop breast cancer, and their mammogram readings are more likely to be inaccurate because only 40-50 percent of cancer can be identified in dense breast tissue.

Fitzpatrick and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act on Oct. 25 in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“As the son and brother of breast cancer survivors, I understand the impact of this disease on families throughout our community,” Fitzpatrick said. “The fight against cancer is one that transcends politics and I am proud to join Congresswoman DeLauro this Breast Cancer Awareness Month in advocating for increased access to information about breast cancer.”

U.S. Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

“As a survivor of ovarian cancer who is only here today because my cancer was caught early, I know how important it is to be aware of your risks,” DeLauro said. “Increased awareness means earlier detection, and that means more women will have a fighting chance against this terrible disease.”

More than 40,000 U.S. women die from breast cancer each year, Fitzpatrick noted.

“By working together, we can pass common sense bills that increase the quality of life and care for patients and ultimately put an end to the despicable disease,” he added.