Negele, Sullivan lead effort to fight cervical cancer in Indiana

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:00 am

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2017) — State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) and State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) today announced they will author legislation aimed at reducing the number of Hoosier deaths resulting from cervical cancer.

Negele and Sullivan, the bill co-author, formally announced their plan at the Statehouse where they were joined by fellow state lawmakers and officials from health organizations across Indiana.

Negele said the proposal would require the Indiana State Health Department to develop a strategic 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 cervical cancer awareness, and recommending actions to reduce the number of deaths associated with the disease. 

“In Indiana, approximately 250 new cases of cervical cancer and 86 cervical cancer-related deaths occur annually among women,” Negele said. “Working together with lawmakers and health professionals, my goal is to create a targeted plan to reduce the number of Hoosier deaths caused by cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is largely preventable and highly treatable if caught early, so it’s critical we encourage Hoosier women to undergo regular screenings and avoid the risk factors associated with the disease.” 

“The cervical cancer mortality rate in Indiana remained stagnant from 1998 to 2011 at more than 2.6 percent,” Sullivan said. “This cancer is preventable. Hoosier women deserve a comprehensive plan to educate the public in order to see those statistics go down statewide.”

If passed, the legislation would require ISDH to submit a report outlining their strategic plan to the governor and General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2018.

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State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents all of Benton County, and portions of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.

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

Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents House District 78, which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

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