HARRISBURG, Oct. 19, 2015 – Despite inroads in breast cancer research, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said more needs to be done, and she urged the Pennsylvania Senate to approve her resolution making October “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and Oct. 16 “National Mammography Day.”

The Senate approved Sen. Tartaglione’s resolution.

“Unfortunately, funding for research has stayed flat for the past 10 years and that translates into real-dollar funding cuts of 25 percent,” Tartaglione said during floor remarks. “So, I stand before you today in an effort to continue raising awareness and working to reduce its prevalence. “

Even though many women diagnosed with breast cancer have a 100 percent survival rate if their disease is diagnosed early, Tartaglione said there are too many women who fail to take action to get that diagnosis.

To help improve the rate of mammography, Tartaglione said part of her resolution is to make Oct. 16 “National Mammography Day” in Pennsylvania.

“In honor of the individuals who have lost their battles with breast cancer; for those who are currently living with it; for those who have survived it; for those who are impatient to find a cure; and, for all of their family members and friends, I offer this resolution recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 16 as National Mammography Day,” Sen. Tartaglione said.

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