Legislation on the move during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 6, 2013 3:33 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition will mark its 20th anniversary during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy says treatment of the disease has vastly improved over the past two decades.

“The five year survival rate, now, is close to 90 percent,” she says. “But we still haven’t found the cause of breast cancer, we still haven’t found a cure. So funding research is extraordinarily important.”

Murphy is advocating for legislation that would require radiologists in Pennsylvania to notify patients if they have dense breast tissue.

She says dense tissue can mask a tumor, and the notification would educate women about additional screening options. The bill has already cleared the state Senate and House Health Committee.

First Lady Susan Corbett joined Murphy, this week, to help turn the state Capitol fountain pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics from the coalition show 32 women are diagnosed with the disease every day in Pennsylvania.

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