Southwest Indiana lawmakers wear sneakers to support cancer awareness

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, March 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2017) – Local lawmakers laced up their sneakers with their suits today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness.

The Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer prevention awareness and support those affected by the disease.

“This is one of those events that I have come to anticipate each session,” said State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler). “It’s a day where we can help educate Hoosiers on cancer while supporting those battling the disease.”

Participating in Suits and Sneakers is a Statehouse tradition that members look forward to every year. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. – exceeded only by heart disease, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The event is an opportunity to remind people about all the ways they can reduce their risk of cancer; like eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society’s recommended cancer screening guidelines.

“This session, I supported a proposal that takes steps in the fight against cervical cancer, a disease that hits home for many women in Indiana,” said State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville). “Each measure we take in bringing awareness and help for those affected by all cancers is important, and I look forward to passing measures in the future to support this cause.”

Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Of those, about one-third will die as a result of the cancer, according to the Indiana Cancer Consortium and the Indiana State Department of Health.

“Bringing awareness to various types of cancer is very important,” said State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville). “This session, I co-authored a bill to help fight cervical cancer in Indiana. There are approximately 250 new cases of cervical cancer a year within the state. We need a comprehensive plan to educate the public in order to see those statistics go down statewide.”

Hoosier women are most often diagnosed with cervical cancer during their middle adult years. During 2012, 85 percent of cervical cancer cases occurred among Indiana women less than 65 years old, including 38 percent of cases occurring among women aged 25 to 44, and 46 percent among women aged 45 to 64, according to the Indiana Cancer Consortium.

Visit www.cancer.org for more information on how to help spread awareness and fight back against cancer.

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Note to the editor: Below and attached is a photo (from left) of State Reps. Wendy McNamara, Ron Bacon and Holli Sullivan participating in Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse on Tuesday, March 7.