(20 ILCS 2310/2310-345)
(was 20 ILCS 2310/55.49)
Breast cancer; written summary regarding early detection and
(a) From funds made available for this purpose, the
Department shall publish, in layman's language, a
standardized written summary outlining methods for the early detection and
diagnosis of breast cancer. The summary shall include recommended
guidelines for screening and detection of breast cancer through the use of
techniques that shall include but not be limited to self-examination, clinical breast exams, and
(b) The summary shall also suggest that women seek mammography
services from facilities that
are certified to perform mammography as required by the
federal Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992.
(c) The summary shall also include the medically viable
methods for the treatment of breast cancer, including, but not limited to,
hormonal, radiological, chemotherapeutic, or surgical treatments or
combinations thereof. The summary shall contain information on breast
reconstructive surgery, including, but not limited to, the use of breast
implants and their side effects.
The summary shall inform the
patient of the advantages, disadvantages, risks, and dangers of the various
The summary shall include (i) a statement that mammography is the most
accurate method for making an early detection of breast cancer, however, no
diagnostic tool is 100% effective, (ii) the benefits of clinical breast exams, and (iii) instructions for
performing breast self-examination and a statement that
important to perform a breast self-examination monthly.
(c-5) The summary shall specifically address the benefits
of early detection and review the clinical standard recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society for mammography, clinical breast exams, and breast self-exams.
(c-10) The summary shall also inform individuals that public and private insurance providers shall pay for clinical breast exams as part of an exam, as indicated by guidelines of practice.
(c-15) The summary shall also inform individuals, in layman's terms, of the meaning and consequences of "dense breast tissue" under the guidelines of the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System of the American College of Radiology and potential recommended follow-up tests or studies.
(d) In developing the summary, the Department shall consult with the
Advisory Board of Cancer Control, the Illinois State Medical Society and
consumer groups. The summary shall be updated by the Department every 2 years.
(e) The summaries shall additionally be translated into Spanish, and
the Department shall conduct a public information campaign to distribute
the summaries to the Hispanic women of this State in order to inform them
of the importance of early detection and mammograms.
(f) The Department shall distribute the summary to hospitals, public
health centers, physicians, and other health care professionals who are likely to perform or order
tests for breast disease or treat breast cancer by surgical or other
medical methods. Those hospitals, public health centers, physicians, and other health care professionals
shall make the summaries available to the public. The Department shall
also distribute the summaries to any person, organization, or other
interested parties upon request. The summaries may be duplicated by any
person, provided the copies are identical to the current summary
by the Department.
(g) The summary shall display, on the inside of its cover, printed in
capital letters, in bold face type, the following paragraph:
"The information contained in this brochure regarding recommendations for
early detection and diagnosis of breast disease and alternative breast
disease treatments is only for the purpose of assisting you, the patient,
in understanding the medical information and advice offered by your
physician. This brochure cannot serve as a substitute for the sound
professional advice of your physician. The availability of this brochure
or the information contained within is not intended to alter, in any way,
the existing physician-patient relationship, nor the existing professional
obligations of your physician in the delivery of medical services to you,
(h) The summary shall be updated when necessary.
(Source: P.A. 98-502, eff. 1-1-14; 98-886, eff. 1-1-15; 99-581, eff. 1-1-17