Janice McKenzie-Crayton

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The Georgia House on Monday passed a bill that would help protect women’s health when it comes to early detection of breast cancer.

Health & Human Services Committee Chair Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) sponsored HB 62, which requires doctors to notify mammography patients of their breast density.

Courtesy of Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Georgia women. The good news is more than half of deaths linked to the disease were prevented in the U.S. over the past three decades; however, there's a big racial gap in Georgia. African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than non-hispanic white women. The American Cancer Society released these findings.

Carol DeSantis is the lead author of the study and spoke with "On Second Thought" with the latest statistics. Janice McKenzie-Crayton also joined the conversation. McKenzie-Crayton is a three-time breast cancer survivor and chair of Komen Atlanta's Sisters of Promise.