Breast cancer detection bill headed to governor

August 30, 2012 4:52:00 PM PDT
A bill to improve breast cancer detection in women passed unanimously in the State Senate and is now headed to the governor's desk for signature.

The bill, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, would require that following a mammogram, women with dense breast tissue be informed that a range of screening options are available.

A 2011 study by the Mayo Clinic found that in women with dense breast tissue, 75 percent of cancer is missed by mammography alone.