Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NJ Bill Creates Ovarian Cancer Public Awareness Campaign

Thank you Assemblyman Benson for using Twitter to bring this to my attention.

Dan Benson
My bill establishing an ovarian cancer public awareness campaign by NJ DHSS passes Assembly unanimously

S-1711 Establishes ovarian cancer public awareness campaign in DHSS.

The bill was first introduced back in 2010. The Senate passed the bill in December of 2010 and sent it to the Assembly. The NJ Assembly passed the bill on December 15,2011 .

The Bill's sponsors were Senators Turner and Allen, and Assemblyman Benson,Vainieri Huttle, Riley,Quijano, Singleton, and Co-sponsored by Senators Beck, Greenstein, Madden, Ruiz, and Asssemblywoman Spencer.

The Bill's states:

"This bill establishes an ovarian cancer public awareness campaign in the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Under the provisions of the bill, the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services is required to establish the public awareness campaign to inform the general public about the clinical significance of ovarian cancer and its public health implications. The campaign would include risk factors, symptoms, the need for early detection and methods of treatment.

To carry out the public awareness campaign, the commissioner would, at a minimum:

-- provide for the development of printed educational materials and public service announcements in English and Spanish; and

-- disseminate information for distribution to the public, through a variety of entities, including, but not limited to, local health agencies and clinics, physicians, health care facilities, county offices on aging, pharmacies, libraries, senior citizen centers, other community-based outreach programs and organizations and the department's official website."

The goal of this bill resembles the Gynecologic Cancer action plan ( GY-8-1,2,3) of the NJ Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. For the complete S1711 bill please see this page on the NJ Legislature's website and put S1711 in the Search By Bill Number box.

Thank you to each and every member of the Senate and Assembly who made the passage of this bill possible. A special thank you to Senator Greenstein and Assemblywomen Beck who represent my Mercer County district .

I look forward to Gov Christie signing the bill into law.

Every Day is a Blessing!

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