A bill signing ceremony grew emotional as Gov. Pete Ricketts signed into law Legislative Bill 195, known as Cheri’s Law.
Under the law, medical centers which perform mammograms must notify the woman of her breast classification, including the density of the breast tissue.
Cheri Rauth of Omaha died of breast cancer within 18 months of a mammogram. Her family believes her dense breast issue hid the cancer. If the patient has heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breast tissue, additional notification is required.
Bill Rauth says notification might have made a difference for his wife.
“Cheri passed away 17 months after being diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and not that this bill would have saved her life, but it would have given her the opportunity to make the decision and be her own best advocate in her health care,” Rauth tells those attending the ceremony.
Rauth, holds back his emotions as he tells those at a bill signing ceremony, the law could save lives.
“And give women the option of what to do next and be your own best advocate,” Rauth says. “That’s all we can ask for is you guys fight for your own lives.”
Advocates say women who are informed they have dense breast tissue can seek additional screenings which could detect cancer.
Thirty-two states have breast density reporting laws.