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March 27, 2012

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Lisa Gardiner (916) 651-4011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) will hold a media call on a bill that he’s reintroducing to improve breast cancer detection in women with dense breast tissue. A prior version of the bill was vetoed last year by Governor Jerry Brown.

An estimated 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue, which increases their chances of developing breast cancer and makes it more difficult to detect abnormalities on a mammogram. Simitian’s bill requires notice to women with dense breast tissue when the results of their mammogram are reported.

The bill is inspired by the experience of Amy Colton, a Santa Cruz nurse whose breast cancer went undetected despite years of routine mammograms. Colton will join Simitian on the call, as will Dr. Judy Dean, a Diagnostic Radiologist.

Despite broad bipartisan support (66-6 in the Assembly, 35-1 in the Senate), a similar bill was vetoed by Brown last year. Since then, new research has shown a dramatic increase in breast cancer detection rates in Connecticut where a similar law has been in effect. This call is open to credentialed media only.

WHAT: Media call on dense breast tissue bill

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m.

WHO: State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto)
Amy Colton, a breast cancer survivor and nurse from Santa Cruz
Dr. Judy Dean, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist

CALL-IN NUMBER: (800) 553-5275; Password is DENSE

RSVP: Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (916) 651-4011

Attention TV stations: Simitian will be available for satellite interviews.