NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new law taking effect May 1 in New Jersey will change the way a woman’s mammogram findings will be reported.

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack spoke with Dr. Nancy Cappello, who launched the Are You Dense campaign after getting a clean mammogram but later learning she had cancer.

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Dense breast tissue can make it harder for a mammogram to detect breast cancer, she said.

“It’s important for women in New Jersey to understand when they have their mammogram after May 1 and they get a copy of the report, the language in their bill doesn’t specifically tell them if they have dense tissue or not,” Cappello told Farnack. “But what is does tell them that they may have it and what it means, that it certainly is harder for the cancer to be found on mammogram. It’s also a risk factor for breast cancer, which most women don’t know.”


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Cappello said the information is still available.

“They need to ask for the radiologist’s report, which has more information and will have information about their dense breast tissue,” she told Farnack.

A woman can opt to have further tests – including ultrasound or MRI – if she has dense breast tissue.

In New Jersey, there is a provision for insurance coverage for whatever a doctor prescribes for a woman with dense breast tissue.

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