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New law better informs breast cancer patients

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Beginning August 1, if you are diagnosed with breast cancer, a new Alabama law requires that you be informed of all your treatment options.

The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2013 requires the Alabama Department of Public Health to develop standardized information for breast cancer patients about the treatment options available to them. Doctors are then required to pass that information along to their patients.

The law also requires a breakdown of breast reconstruction alternatives and insurance coverage available to treatments.

A second portion of the law requires physicians issuing a mammography report to notify patients if they have dense breast tissue. Women with dense breast tissue have a higher risk of breast cancer, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

You can find a link to more information about your breast cancer treatment options right here.

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