Senator Len Fasano Honored by Radiological Society of Connecticut (RSC)

May 25, 2012
L to R: State Senator Leonard Fasano; RSC President and Medical Director, MidState Medical Center, Dept. of Radiology,  Dr. Gary Dee; and RSC Legislative Chairman and Chairman, Bridgeport Hospital, Dept. of Radiology.

L to R: State Senator Leonard Fasano; RSC President and Medical Director, MidState Medical Center, Dept. of Radiology, Dr. Gary Dee; and RSC Legislative Chairman and Chairman, Bridgeport Hospital, Dept. of Radiology.

Hartford, CT – Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) was awarded with the Outstanding Commitment to Quality Health Care and Patient Access, by the Radiological Society of Connecticut (RSC) for is work on legislation affecting women.

Senator Fasano was instrumental in passing a bill centered on breast cancer screening. The legislation requires all insurers to cover sophisticated testing for women when a mammogram shows dense breasts or is at an increased risk of breast cancer.

Gary Dee, M.D. the President of the society said, “Senator Len Fasano has played a leading role in improving Connecticut’s approach to screening and detecting breast canter. His leadership and tenacity on this issue will help save lives through more early detection.”

The U.S. Government projects that nearly 227,000 new cases of breast cancer will occur this year.

MRI or breast magnetic resonance imaging has been found to be very beneficial in detecting cancer cells in women who have dense breast tissue. This legislation takes away the concern patients may have because of the high cost of these sophisticated tests.

“This issue is one that hits close to home for so many Connecticut families. We now know through research that conventional mammograms don’t catch every tumor. So, for women with dense breast tissue, who are advised to get additional screenings through MRI – this law will require insurance companies to cover the cost,” said Senator Fasano.

The legislation that was passed this year uses the recommendations of the impartial and expert American Cancer Society for standards that govern which categories of patients should undergo screening. Such factors can include:

  • Past history with cancer
  • Family history with cancer or positive genetic testing
  • Extremely dense breast or unevenly dense breast readings on a mammogram

“I want to thank the Radiological Society for this recognition. I hope however, that the real reward will be when we see an increase in the number of Connecticut women who go for their breast cancer screening tests. Early detection can save lives,” said Sen. Fasano.

Sen. Fasano received the award at the RSC’s Semi-Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Anthony’s Ocean View, in New Haven. The Radiological Society of Connecticut is the state’s professional association of medical doctors who practice radiology and imaging. Members of the profession use diagnostic images to diagnose and treat diseases. The society has nearly 400 members statewide and is an affiliate of the American College of Radiology.