Reps. Negele, Siegristís legislation to fight cervical cancer advances

Posted by: Zach Weismiller & Jessica Baker  | Monday, January 30, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2017) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of a bill to reduce the number of Hoosier deaths resulting from cervical cancer.

State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) authored the legislation and was joined by State Rep. Sally Siegrist (R-West Lafayette) on the measure.

“My goal is to create a targeted plan to reduce the number of women who die from cervical cancer in Indiana,” Negele said. “Working together with lawmakers and health professionals, we can help educate the public and raise awareness about the ways to prevent and treat cervical cancer. Prevention is the key to combating this disease, so it’s critical we urge women to undergo regular screenings and avoid the risk factors associated with cervical cancer.”

Approximately 250 new cervical cancer cases and 86 cervical cancer-related deaths occur annually among Hoosier women. House Bill 1278 would require the Indiana State Health Department to develop a statewide 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.

“Increased education on how to combat this disease will help reduce the alarming numbers of those who are diagnosed with cervical cancer, which is a disease that is largely preventable. It is imperative we are giving women the proper tools to help them protect themselves,” Siegrist said. “Having positive public and private partnerships fosters diverse conversations and allows different point of views on the matter at hand.”

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

This bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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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.

State Rep. Sally Siegrist (R-West Lafayette) represents portions of Tippecanoe County.

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