Johanna’s Law Introduced in the Senate

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is pleased to announce the introduction of Johanna’s Law: The Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has been working closely with Congress to successfully guide Johanna’s Law through the legislative process.  Today, we are thrilled to announce that Johanna’s Law:  The Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Specter.

“Every year over 80,000 women in the United States are newly diagnosed with some form of gynecologic cancer,” Sen. Specter said. “We must do everything in our power to promote education and early detection of these cancers so that we can increase women’s survival rates and quality of life.”

Johanna’s Law allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue its work on media and print campaigns educating women about gynecologic cancers.  It also allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to collaborate with organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to spread awareness.

This year, approximately 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and only 20 percent of them will be diagnosed in Stage I, when the odds of surviving are greatest.  Johanna’s Law recognizes that too many women, like Johanna Silver Gordon, for whom the bill is named, are diagnosed later than necessary due to a lack of awareness of the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers.  Most gynecologic cancers, including ovarian cancer, have symptoms, which can help a woman get diagnosed sooner.

The bill (S.3493) was introduced on June 15 by Sen. Specter (D-PA) with Sen. Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) as original co-sponsors.

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For more on the symptoms of ovarian cancer, see our symptoms page here

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