New Law Would Require Physicians to Notify Women With Dense BreastsErin Gloria Ryan9/18/11 3:42pmFiled to: Keeping you abreastBreast CancerpreventionmammogramsHealthCancer89EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOctober and the pink deluge that is Breast Cancer Awareness Month fast approaches, and with that will come constant reminders that women should get regular mammograms. Early detection is key! Prevention, prevention, prevention!Even if women do everything correctly, up to a quarter of women who should be having regular mammograms have breast tissue dense enough to mask the appearance of tumors in a mammogram, and their doctors haven't necessarily been informing women of this fact. As a result, women with dense breast tissue may not discover tumors until the cancer has advanced. A California law aims to remedy this by requiring doctors to notify women who have dense breast tissue that they may need additional screening to accurately detect cancer.