DeLissio helps kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with PA Breast Cancer Coalition

– State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., joined House and Senate members and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Tuesday by turning the Capitol Fountain pink for the month of October to remind women of the importance of mammograms and early detection.

“The goals this month – and around the year – are to spread the message of prevention through early detection and to advocate for access to treatment,” said DeLissio, who is a breast cancer survivor. “I am very grateful for the work of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, which is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. I’m proud of their mission to educate women and ensure people are getting their mammograms for the earliest possible detection and have access to care and treatment.”

DeLissio said that for those who do not remember, Gov. Tom Wolf clarified that under the existing state mammogram law, 3D mammograms, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, must be covered at no cost to women in the same manner as traditional two-dimensional mammograms.

“3D technology is a tool that can help doctors better detect and assess risks, and I’m proud that Pennsylvania was the first state to protect access to it,” she said.

According to the coalition, women 40 or older should undergo annual mammograms, and those 55 or over should undergo one every two years.

Pennsylvania’s HealthyWoman program provides free early detection services for breast cancer, including mammograms. This Pennsylvania Department of Health program for uninsured women is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To check eligibility, and to schedule an appointment, call 800-215-7494.

Those who have health insurance but have high deductibles or co-payments for these tests may also qualify for help through HealthyWoman. For more information, visit

If anyone undergoing treatment or recently treated would like to share their experience with DeLissio, they are encouraged to call her district office at 215-482-8726.