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New York Senator makes breast cancer focus of new legislation

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand co-sponsored legislation in the recently passed health care reform bill that would implement an educational campaign directed at raising breast cancer awareness, according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

The campaign's goal is to educate younger women about breast cancer and the preventative measures they can take. Gillibrand has been working to enact the initiative in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.

She has also been trying to get funding for the educational campaign incorporated into the 2011 budget, reports the source.

"Thousands of mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters in our state fall victim to this horrible disease every single year," Gillibrand said in a statement released Tuesday. "We must recommit ourselves to the battle against breast cancer."

The Senator is also sponsoring new legislation that would setup a list of best practices in relation to the treatment of breast cancer.

The Mayo Clinic lists several different tests and procedures that are used to diagnose breast cancer. The most common is a mammogram which is an x-ray of the breasts. MRIs and ultrasounds are also used and in some cases a biopsy may be performed to determine if a group of cells is cancerous or not.

According to the American Cancer Society, there were an estimated 193,000 new cases of breast cancer in 2009.ADNFCR-2795-ID-19763396-ADNFCR
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