U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's bipartisan bill on increasing breast cancer awareness passed the house last week— and is now on the President's desk, where it's expected to be signed into law.
The bipartisan bill is intended to increase breast cancer awareness among young women—and extend the EARLY Act, which created an education and outreach campaign administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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When speaking in front of the House, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said each year, more than 26,000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer.
St. Luke Oncologist, Dr. Anne Silva–Benedict, says early detection makes a huge difference.
"It's very important that we let the younger women know the importance of self awareness in terms of breast cancer and breast cancer risk as well—including looking at their family history—do they have any family members—first degree family members which are sisters, mothers who've had breast cancer, ovarian cancer, who could put them at risk as well," said Silva-Benedict.
Dr. Silva– Benedict says cancer detected in stages One and Two is very curable, and she encourages women between 25 and 40 years of age to have clinical breast exams once a year to once every three years.
She also said all women should inform their physician about any abnormalities they notice.
The bill requires the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress specifying education activities promoted by the Department of Health and Human Services.