- Associated Press - Monday, July 28, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Lincoln Chafee is ceremonially signing legislation aimed at raising awareness of a potential risk factor for breast cancer.

The legislation passed by the General Assembly requires that each mammogram report include a notification to the patient of any finding of dense breast tissue and a suggestion that additional screening may be beneficial to some.

Research shows that dense breast tissue may increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Dense tissue can also make it harder for doctors to detect cancers, because it can hide abnormalities, including cancerous cells.

A ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse.

Some say the notification is unnecessary and could unnecessarily cause patients increased anxiety.

The law takes effect on Oct. 1.

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