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Wheeler legislation aimed at saving women’s lives becomes law

State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, issued the following news release Friday:

Crystal Lake – Today, State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) was proud to see Senate Bill 2314 become law.  The bill was motivated by her desire to protect women from hard to detect breast cancer.  Women with dense breast tissue are four to six times more likely to develop breast cancer, yet mammograms have a hard time detecting cancer in this type of tissue.  Rep. Wheeler passed SB 2314 in the spring which will have the meaning and consequences of “dense breast tissue” explained in layman’s terms.

“Early detection is the easiest way for women to protect themselves from breast cancer,” explained Rep. Wheeler. “This law will help give women the knowledge necessary to help make informed decisions, especially if they are at-risk.”

There are many reasons why woman are not exploring this common, yet risk-filled problem.  The most effective way to detect breast cancer in dense tissue is through an MRI or ultrasound, which can add significant cost to cancer screening.  These tests are typically reserved for woman with a high risk of breast cancer, which can cause a sense of fear among those who are recommended to have additional testing. Regardless, Wheeler believes lifesaving information trumps the potential fear and cost.

“Women have the right to have a full understanding of their health. This law will have the risks and consequences of dense tissue thoroughly explained,” said Wheeler. “With the right knowledge and doctor-to-patient support, women will be able to properly explore their best options in terms of screening and treatment.”

The Governor signed SB 2314 this morning and has now become law.

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