On October 27, 2008 Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini introduced a bill ( A-3382) to permanently designate February as "Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in NJ" . The bill was approved yesterday by the state Health and Senior Services Committee. Now it can go for a vote in the Assembly.
From the bill:
"to promote awareness among the general public and the health care community of the symptoms of ovarian cancer , the importance of early detection and the risk factors associated with developing ovarian cancer"
Here is a link to a press release on PolitickerNJ about the bill.
Now I am not sure why February was chosen since September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month but it sure can't hurt having two months designated to help educate and make people and physician aware of ovarian Cancer.
What we need to make this Awareness Month successful is the funds to educate, print materials , have conferences. There are two other bills also introduced in the Assembly( A-2662) and Senate (S 1651) to establish a program for OC awareness in the Department of Health and Senior Services and to fund ($75,000) the program. Those are essential to getting the word out and I hope they move through committee quickly. These programs will go hand in hand with our state's Cancer Control Plan.( See the link on the left for the document.)
Every Day is a Blessing!