Donatucci: House passes breast, cervical cancer screening bill

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – More women would have access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings through legislation introduced by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, which unanimously passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today.

Donatucci’s bill H.B. 562 would amend the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Screening Act to expand screenings to low-income, underinsured and uninsured women 30 to 65 through the Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program. Currently, only women 40 to 49 are eligible for the program.

Donatucci is a member of the Women’s Health Caucus, which is championing this bill as part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health.

“About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and some will be diagnosed with it at a young age. Many of them win the battle due to early detection,” Donatucci said. “We must ensure every eligible woman in the commonwealth has access to these potentially life-saving screenings.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates eight out of every 100,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year.

According to Breastcancer.org, more than 40,000 women in the U.S. are expected to die this year from breast cancer, despite the decrease in death rates since 1989.

House Bill 562 will now go to the Senate for consideration.

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CONTACT: Daniel Bixler
House Democratic Communications Office
Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221
Email:
dbixler@pahouse.net