Kirchhofer supports bill to fight cervical cancer in Indiana

January marks Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Tuesday, January 10, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2017) — State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) today announced she will co-author legislation aimed at reducing the number of Hoosier deaths from cervical cancer.

Kirchhofer formally helped announce the plan at the Statehouse today where she was joined at a press conference by fellow state lawmakers and officials from health organizations across Indiana.

“Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and of those, about one-third will die as a result,” Kirchhofer said. “This cancer is largely preventable and highly treatable if caught early with regular screening tests. It is our hope that with this legislation we can continue to reduce the number of deaths caused by cervical cancer.”

The proposal would require the Indiana State Health Department to develop a plan to decrease Indiana’s cervical cancer mortality rate. Specifically, ISDH would be tasked with identifying barriers to cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment, developing public and private partnerships to increase cancer awareness, and recommending actions to reduce the number of deaths associated with the disease. If passed, the legislation would require ISDH to submit a report outlining their strategic plan to the governor and General Assembly.

The 2017 legislative session convened on Jan. 4. A list of House bills can be viewed at iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,

which includes portions of Marion County.

A high-resolution photo of Kirchhofer can be downloaded by clicking here.