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Introduced in House (02/01/1994)

[Congressional Bills 103th Congress]
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[H.J. Res. 311 Introduced in House (IH)]

  2d Session
H. J. RES. 311

Designating October 1994 as ``National Breast Cancer Awareness Month''.



                            February 1, 1994

  Mrs. Collins of Illinois introduced the following joint resolution; 
  which was referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service


                            JOINT RESOLUTION

Designating October 1994 as ``National Breast Cancer Awareness Month''.

Whereas breast cancer will strike an estimated 182,000 women and 1,000 men in 
        the United States in 1994;
Whereas the risk of developing breast cancer increases as a woman grows older;
Whereas breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and 
        will kill an estimated 46,000 women and 300 men in 1994;
Whereas the 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer has risen from 78 
        percent in the 1940's to over 90 percent today;
Whereas most breast cancers are detected by the woman herself;
Whereas educating both the public and health care providers about the importance 
        of early detection will result in reducing breast cancer mortality;
Whereas appropriate use of screening mammography, in conjunction with clinical 
        examination and breast self-examination, can result in the detection of 
        many breast cancers early in their development and increase the survival 
        rate to nearly 100 percent;
Whereas data from controlled trials clearly demonstrate that deaths from breast 
        cancer are significantly reduced in women who have been screened by 
Whereas many women are reluctant to have screening mammograms for a variety of 
        reasons such as the cost of testing, lack of information, and fear;
Whereas access to screening mammography is directly related to socioeconomic 
Whereas increased awareness about the importance of screening mammography will 
        result in the procedure being regularly requested by the patient and 
        recommended by the health care provider; and
Whereas it is projected that more women will use this lifesaving test as it 
        becomes increasingly available and affordable: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress assembled, That October 1994 is 
designated as ``National Breast Cancer Awareness Month'', and the 
President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling 
upon the people of the United States to observe the month with 
appropriate programs and activities.