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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 26, 2024 01:20 PM
From: Representative Jordan A. Harris and Rep. Kyle J. Mullins, Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, Rep. G. Roni Green, Rep. Brian Munroe, Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El
To: All House members
Subject: Cancer Action Day – May 7, 2024
Cancer is an insidious disease that impacts far too many of our friends and family members. The most recent data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health shows that in 2020, 72,403 Pennsylvanians were diagnosed with cancer and 27,906 lost their lives to this disease. Projections for 2024 are worse: an estimated 90,000 Pennsylvanians will receive a cancer diagnosis and an estimated 27,570 will succumb to the disease. Sadly, Pennsylvania has higher cancer incidence and mortality rates than the national average.
For these reasons, it’s imperative that we continue to raise awareness and encourage Pennsylvanians to understand the risks of cancer and know that early detection can be key in lessening the effect cancer can have on your body. We must especially work to raise awareness and expand access to quality health care in communities that historically have lacked equitable access to health care, such as rural, Black, Latino, LGBTQ+, and economically insecure Pennsylvanians.
That’s why I’m asking you to join me and the American Society Cancer Action Network in designating May 7, 2024, as Cancer Action Day in Pennsylvania and honoring all those whose lives have been impacted by cancer as well as those who devote their life to fighting this disease. Together, we can advance legislative priorities to increase the rates of cancer screenings, increase the rates of early detection, and improve treatment options for all Pennsylvanians.

Introduced as HR414