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Senators Blunt, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Support Breast Cancer Awareness & Education

May 05, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. – In advance of National Women’s Health Week next week, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) today introduced the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2015 to ensure breast cancer patients have access to information about their care and treatment options following surgery. U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), and Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) joined Blunt and Brown as original co-sponsors of the bill.

Specifically, the bill directs the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to plan and implement an education campaign to inform breast cancer patients of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction and other options.

“In 2015, an estimated 4,600 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Missouri, while nearly 235,000 women will be diagnosed nationwide,” Blunt said. “I’m pleased to join Senator Brown and our colleagues on this bipartisan bill, which works to inform and empower women to make health care decisions that best meet their personal needs. I’ll keep fighting to support breast cancer awareness, education, and research so we can improve treatment options and ultimately find a way to end this devastating disease.”

“We need to do more to fight breast cancer and ensure that all women know about their reconstructive care options,” Brown said. “The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act will ensure that all women are informed of their care options prior to breast cancer surgery, so that they can benefit from a systematic plan of care from the start of treatment.”

“All women diagnosed with breast cancer should have access to information about available treatment and reconstructive procedures. It is heartbreaking to know that many women diagnosed with this frightening disease – especially minority women - have not been fully informed about the care available to them. This bill will empower women facing breast cancer and ensure no one misses out on treatment options that they are eligible to receive,” Capito said.

“Breast Cancer is a vicious disease that affects every American family. From mothers and daughters to aunts and sisters, we are all touched by this sudden, and unyielding disease. That’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues as an original cosponsor of the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2015. This bipartisan proposal will help educate breast cancer patients while improving access to information, treatments and reconstruction options,” Fischer said. “As we race to find a cure, it’s important that we also take the time to help patients learn what services are available. With this bill, we are taking action and uniting to bring a better future for women across Nebraska and throughout our nation.”

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