January 29, 2002 - Issue: Vol. 148, No. 5 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 2nd Session
CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION; Congressional Record Vol. 148, No. 5
(Extensions of Remarks - January 29, 2002)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E61] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION ______ HON. JUANITA MILLENDER-McDONALD of california in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 29, 2002 Ms. MILLENDER-McDONALD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address the issue of Cervical Cancer Awareness and the importance of early detection to prevent deaths as we close the month of January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. In the year 2002, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 13,000 new cases of invasive cervical cancer in the United States and about 4,100 women will die from this disease. Many of these deaths could be avoided by increasing screening rates among all women at risks. Cervical cancer screening using the Pap test detects not only cancer but also precancerous lesions. Detecting and treating such lesions can actually prevent cervical cancer--and thus can prevent virtually all deaths from this disease. We should recall that the Labor-HHS Appropriations final bill approved $192.6 million for funding for breast and cervical cancer screening. We hope the administration will implement these appropriations at the level passed by Congress. However, despite the funding approved, public awareness about the importance of early detection of Cervical Cancer still remains very limited. This is especially so among certain minority and ethnic women who have less than a high school education, or who live below the poverty level. Today I introduce a Concurrent Resolution to recognize the importance of good cervical health and the importance of early detection of cervical cancer. As January is Cervical Cancer month, I would like to encourage you to join me in supporting efforts to promote early detection of cervical cancer so that we can together eradicate this disease that has already taken the lives of many American women. ____________________