Bill Text: CA SR63 | 2017-2018 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Relative to National Mammography Day 2017 in California

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-3)

Status: (Passed) 2017-09-07 - Read. Adopted. (Ayes 40. Noes 0. Page 2567.) [SR63 Detail]

Download: California-2017-SR63-Enrolled.html

Enrolled  September 08, 2017
Passed  IN  Senate  September 07, 2017


Senate Resolution No. 63

Introduced by Senators Atkins, Bates, Fuller, Galgiani, Jackson, Leyva, Mitchell, Nguyen, and Skinner

September 05, 2017

Relative to National Mammography Day 2017 in California


SR 63, Atkins.

WHEREAS, October 20, 2017, marks the 24th National Mammography Day, and every year, on the third Friday of October, Mammography Day brings awareness to women’s health and encourages women to make annual mammography appointments; and
WHEREAS, Mammograms are quick, medical X-ray exams used to detect abnormalities in breast tissue, and they can be accessed at radiology or imaging centers, mammography clinics, physicians’ offices, and hospital radiology departments; and
WHEREAS, Mammography is the single most effective method of detecting breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms, detectable lumps, or abnormalities can be felt; and
WHEREAS, Detecting breast cancer early can reduce the risk of dying from the disease by 25 to 30 percent, and mammograms detect 80 to 90 percent of breast cancers in women who have not yet manifested physical symptoms; and
WHEREAS, Mammograms have reduced the breast cancer mortality rate in the United States by 40 percent since 1990; and
WHEREAS, Women with a family history of breast cancer are encouraged to undergo a mammogram at least once a year to detect abnormalities that may be cancerous; and
WHEREAS, Approximately one-half of all eligible women in the United States do not get an annual mammogram due to limited access to health care, lack of information on the importance of early detection, or misinformation about the screening process; and
WHEREAS, Mammograms are covered by most private health insurance companies, Medicaid, and Medicare, and free mammograms are offered at various clinics for women who are uninsured; and
WHEREAS, Uninsured, low-income women who do not qualify for screening services through Medi-Cal may be qualified for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, also known as the “Every Woman Counts” program, which provides free breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations; and
WHEREAS, Given that breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women of all races, Mammography Day encourages women to ask questions, seek information from their doctors, follow up with their appointments, and be properly informed about mammograms and the risk of breast cancer; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That October 20, 2017, is recognized as National Mammography Day 2017 in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.