California’s new breast density notification law, which went into effect on Monday, may not have happened had it not been for Amy Colton’s outrage. After the labor and delivery nurse from Santa Cruz was diagnosed with breast cancer, she learned that she was never told what her doctors already knew — that the type of breast tissue she had allowed her cancer to go undetected in her annual mammograms. About 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue, but most don’t know it. So Colton set out to change that.
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