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Flanagan Announces New Breast Cancer Detection Regs

Plain-language reports required when dense breast tissue, which can mask tumors, is found.

State Sen. John Flanagan and JoAnn Pushkin, a local breast cancer survivor-turned-advocate, announced last week the passage of a state bill that they say will help the fight against breast cancer by detecting its presence in a particularly vulnerable group of women, by giving them information as early as possible.

The Breast Density Information Law passed both houses of the state legislature unanimously, and requires that mammography reports explain to patients with dense breast tissue in plain, non-technical language what that means, and the benefits of further potential screenings with doctors.

"Research indicates that every year in New York at least 2,500 women with dense breasts leave their mammograms being told the results are 'normal/negative' but who actually have invasive breast cancer- that would be found - if they were sent for screening ultrasounds," said Pushkin, whose cancer went undetected for five years due to dense breast tissue that obscured a tumor.

HeyJoe January 30, 2013 at 05:13 PM
flanagan the traitor to his oath of office and the constitution of the united states, skelos puppet and in mortal fear of cuomo.
I am Mike January 30, 2013 at 06:49 PM
He totally dropped the ball on the Main Street Mess. Bumper to bumper now.
Greg Martinez January 30, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Senator Flanagan voted against the 2nd Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to "keep and bear arms," when he voted for that bill rammed through by Cuomo in the middle of the night. If your a law-abiding citizen, and own a semi-auto pistol that holds 10 rounds for personal and home protection, he wants you to remove 3 of those rounds (by law). According to Mr. Flanagan you do not need more than 7 rounds to protect yourself, amongst numerous other absurd and unconstitutional restrictions. Does anyone believe armed criminals will be complying with this new law? Every state legislator who voted for that bill violated their oaths of office and should resign.
Kristie M January 31, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Flanagan does not even speak on tough topics. Any cancer work is, of course, admirable, as is anything for our veterans. Besides that, he sticks his head in sand and the poor guy answering phones in his office does his best with non-answers. No FB page, no email responses...no tough stuff for him.

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