STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2018) — The House of Representatives today adopted State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) resolution urging the recognition of January as Cervical Cancer Screening and Awareness Month.
During a formal announcement of the resolution at the Statehouse, Negele was joined by her fellow POWER Caucus members, Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health Dr. Kristina Box, Kirk and Brenda Forbes of the Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation and Erica Frazier, a cervical cancer patient.
In Indiana, over 250 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and every three days a woman dies as a result, Negele said.
“By formally dedicating January as Cervical Cancer Screening and Awareness Month in Indiana, we are able to reaffirm our commitment to finding ways to reduce cervical cancer and spread awareness,” Negele said. “Nearly 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the United States. It is my hope that if we continue to educate the public on this tough issue, we can work toward a healthier future.”
Last year, Negele championed a law tasking the Indiana State Department of Health with developing a strategic plan to decrease Indiana’s cervical cancer mortality rate. By December of this year, the ISDH is to identify barriers to cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment. Public and private partnerships are to be developed to increase cervical cancer awareness, and recommend actions to reduce the number of deaths associated with the disease.
According to Negele, cervical cancer is preventable through education, prevention and screening. Negele said she hopes this resolution brings continued awareness to the issue in Indiana.
To learn more about House Concurrent Resolution 16, click here.
State Rep. Sharon Negele represent House District 13, which includes all of Benton County, and portions
of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
A high-resolution photo of Negele can be found here.