Olthoff: Governor signs lawmakers’ bill fighting cervical cancer

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, April 10, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb today signed into law a bill supported by State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) to reduce the number of cervical cancer deaths in Indiana.

According to the Indiana Cancer Consortium, approximately 250 new cervical cancer cases and 86 cervical cancer-related deaths occur annually among women in Indiana. House Enrolled Act 1278 requires the Indiana State Department of Health to develop a statewide strategic plan to decrease Indiana’s cervical cancer mortality rate. The state would work to identify barriers to cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment, develop public and private partnerships to increase cervical cancer awareness and recommend actions to reduce the number of Hoosier deaths associated with the disease.

“Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer will help more Hoosier women avoid this terrible disease,” Olthoff said. “The ISDH will be working with the medical community to develop a plan on how to best educate the public on this preventable illness.”

The new law requires ISDH to submit a report outlining their plan to the governor and General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2018.

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about HEA 1278.

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State Rep. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,

which includes a portions of Lake and Porter counties.

 

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