Posted in JournalGazette.net
Indiana loses on average one woman every three days to cervical cancer. Each week, at least two Hoosier families say goodbye to mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. National statistics show one woman dies of this disease every 2 1/2 hours.
What makes these numbers saddest of all is the fact that cervical cancer is almost 100 percent preventable.
That’s why female members of the Indiana General Assembly – both Democrats and Republicans – are uniting to share this letter and help raise awareness of the disease. We wholeheartedly applaud the new Cervical Cancer-Free Indiana Program, an initiative by the Indiana University School of Medicine in partnership with the Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation.
An unrestricted gift from health care company GlaxoSmithKline made the initiative a reality for Hoosiers and highlighted another successful Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January. While progress in battling the disease has been made, Indiana’s cervical cancer death rate continues to run higher than the national average. This issue is clearly a year-round concern.