Since 1999, it has been required that the interpreting physician send every patient who receives a mammogram a written mammography report expressed in terms easily understood by a lay person. Failure to comply with this reporting requirement will result in a citation by the FDA.

The following sample lay letters were developed by a multidisciplinary panel and have been updated to provide the most recent American Cancer Society guidelines. New language has been included to inform a woman if the mammogram shows that her breast tissue is dense.

These samples are provided for your convenience; you may use these as is, modify them, or create your own lay reports.