Bill eliminating patient costs for certain cancer tests, screenings clears Pa. Senate committee
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About 3% of breast cancers, or 7,500 women annually, and 10% of ovarian cancers, or about 2,000 women annually, develop from inherited mutations, according to the
The mutations greatly enhance the cancer risk for those with the mutations: up to 72% and 69%, respectively, for the two mutations when it comes to breast cancer; up to 44% and 17%, respectively, for ovarian cancer, per the
Men are also at risk. Citing the
"Early detection saves lives," Ward said in a joint statement on the bills. "As an individual who benefited from genetic testing, I can say this legislation will go a long way in helping individuals to remain vigilant about getting regular testing or help best determine treatment."
Senate Bill 1225 is sponsored by Sen.
MRI and ultrasound coverage under Act 52 of 2020 would extend to women with a personal history of atypical breast histologies, personal or family history of breast cancer, genetic predisposition for breast cancer, prior therapeutic thoracic radiation therapy, extremely dense or heterogeneously dense breast tissue based on breast composition categories of the Breast Imaging and Reporting Data System established by the
Supplemental screening is necessary, according to the joint statement, because of failed early detection by screening mammography among women with dense breasts and those at high lifetime risk of breast cancer.
"Research and experience tell us that the best way to have a fighting chance at beating this deadly disease is knowing the risk factors and early detection. Both bills remove barriers to early detection experienced by thousands of Pennsylvanians, and (this week's committee) vote signals another monumental step taken by this Legislature to fight, and hopefully eventually eliminate, breast cancer," Mensch said.
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"When it passes, this legislation will mark another major step forward in our joint efforts to ensure early detection is possible for every woman in
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