Texas resident and realtor Henda Salmeron noticed a lump near her breastbone at the age of 42. A sonogram and needle biopsy revealed breast cancer. Initial mammography did not reveal the four-centimeter, advanced growth because of her unusually-dense breast tissue.
Salmeron's compelling story led to Henda’s Law being passed in June 2011 by the Texas House and Senate. Diagnostic imaging organizations are now required to inform women who visit for breast screenings if they have dense breast tissue and that mammography may not detect cancer. In such cases, the radiologist responsible for the patient must send a letter informing the patient about their breast density, and the patient can then consult with her regular physician about additional screening processes. Following Texas' lead, a further thirteen American states now have similar laws in place, including California, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Alabama. Florida is one of eighteen states that are either introducing or currently reviewing similar legislation.