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Congress Passes Gynecological Cancer Education Bill

Congress passed a bill over the weekend that would authorize more than $16 million over two years for educational materials on gynecological cancer prevention. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law.

The bill, known as “Johanna’s Law,” is named in the memory of Johanna Silver Gordon, a schoolteacher in Michigan who died of ovarian cancer in 2000. Like many women, Gordon presumed her symptoms were gastrointestinal in nature, rather than advanced ovarian cancer, according to the Detroit News. The bill will help educate women about common symptoms of gynecological cancers, which are often misconstrued for other ailments.

“This awareness act will not only help women, it will also help physicians think a little more about (gynecological) cancers,” said Julene Fabrizio, head of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, according to the Detroit News.
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Sources:

Detroit News 12/11/06; Kaiser Daily Women�s Health Policy Report 12/12/06; Text of HR 1245