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

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., joined House members and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Monday by turning the Capitol fountain pink for the month of October to remind women of the importance of mammograms and early detection.

 

“Our goal clearly needs to be prevention and, short of that, early detection and access to treatment are imperative,” DeLissio said. “I am very grateful for the work of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to educate women throughout the commonwealth and to ensure that short of prevention, people are getting their mammograms for the earliest possible detection and have access to care and treatment.”

 

During the event, DeLissio announced that after 16 months she completed treatment for breast cancer at the end of August and is cancer free.

 

“This journey was only possible with the love, support and prayers of my family, friends, staff and colleagues who were with me every step of the way. I am eternally grateful for all of that support.”

 

In addition to Monday’s kick-off, on Tuesday the House adopted H.R. 435, recognizing October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Oct. 20, 2017, as National Mammography day in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the resolution encourages all women and men in the commonwealth to have discussions with their doctors about breast cancer and the value of being screened regularly.

 

Women age 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-pays for these tests may also qualify for help through HealthyWoman. For more information, visit www.pahealthywoman.com.

 

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.