House Resolution 105 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 105 BY GAINES and THEDE A Resolution designating October 13, annually, as 1 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. 2 WHEREAS, based upon the most recent data, in 2020 3 it was estimated that over 168,000 women in the United 4 States were living with metastatic breast cancer, also 5 known as advanced breast cancer or Stage IV breast 6 cancer; and 7 WHEREAS, metastatic breast cancer arises months or 8 even years after a person has completed treatment for 9 locally advanced breast cancer with only approximately 10 6 percent of women having metastases when they are 11 first diagnosed with breast cancer; and 12 WHEREAS, this devastating stage of breast cancer 13 occurs when cancer spreads beyond the breast and nearby 14 lymph nodes to other parts of the body, most often the 15 bones, lungs, liver, or brain; and 16 WHEREAS, while metastatic breast cancer has spread 17 to another part of the body, it is still considered 18 breast cancer and treated as breast cancer; and 19 WHEREAS, approximately 30 percent of breast cancer 20 survivors eventually experience metastatic breast 21 cancer; and 22 WHEREAS, metastatic breast cancer affects all races 23 and socioeconomic classes; and 24 WHEREAS, while the greatest incidence of breast 25 cancer occurs in white women, breast cancer is the most 26 common cancer among African American women and the 27 mortality rate related to the disease is higher for 28 -1- LSB 6197HH (3) 89 pf/rn 1/ 4
H.R. 105 African American women; and 1 WHEREAS, breast cancer is the most common cancer 2 diagnosed in Hispanic/Latina women, Hispanic/Latina 3 women tend to be diagnosed with later stage breast 4 cancers than non-Hispanic white women, and breast 5 cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for 6 Hispanic/Latina women; and 7 WHEREAS, while no cure exists for metastatic breast 8 cancer, metastatic breast cancer is treatable, with 9 treatment focusing on extending life and maintaining 10 quality of life; and 11 WHEREAS, approximately one-third of women diagnosed 12 with metastatic breast cancer in the United States live 13 at least five years after diagnosis with some living 10 14 or more years beyond diagnosis; and 15 WHEREAS, even though there has been tremendous 16 progress in the last 30 years related to early 17 detection and routine diagnosis of breast cancer, there 18 has not been as much progress related to the treatment 19 of metastatic breast cancer; and 20 WHEREAS, while statistics are collected for initial 21 diagnoses of metastatic breast cancer, statistics 22 on metastatic recurrences which comprise the larger 23 portion of metastatic breast cancer cases is not 24 routinely collected or reported in the United States, 25 thereby limiting health care planning and the capacity 26 to better serve these women; and 27 WHEREAS, for patients and families, the health 28 and economic burdens of metastatic breast cancer are 29 substantial and these patients continue to face many 30 -2- LSB 6197HH (3) 89 pf/rn 2/ 4
H.R. 105 unique challenges, such as the emotional and physical 1 demands of treatment; and 2 WHEREAS, only about 2 percent of every $1 million 3 spent on breast cancer research goes toward metastatic 4 research; and 5 WHEREAS, additional research efforts are needed on 6 topics related to the personal and social burdens of 7 metastatic breast cancer, the needs of the patient, 8 and the development of new and more effective 9 treatments; and 10 WHEREAS, the observation of Metastatic Breast 11 Cancer Awareness Day sheds light on the devastation 12 that metastatic breast cancer brings to communities 13 throughout Iowa and may accelerate the funding of and 14 attention to additional research; and 15 WHEREAS, Celeste Lawson was first inspired to 16 advocate for legislative support in 2019, for the 17 purpose of elevating attention and action concerning 18 metastatic breast cancer awareness in Iowa due to 19 the passing of her mother, Lois E. Spinks-Lawson, an 20 African American female who was diagnosed with Stage IV 21 breast cancer and courageously lost her battle with the 22 aggressive disease on January 19, 2019; NOW THEREFORE, 23 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 24 the House of Representatives designates October 13, 25 annually, as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, 26 and requests the residents of Iowa, on that day, become 27 informed about and aware of metastatic breast cancer, 28 its devastating and lasting effects on Iowa families, 29 and the need for more specific data collection and 30 -3- LSB 6197HH (3) 89 pf/rn 3/ 4
H.R. 105 additional research. 1 -4- LSB 6197HH (3) 89 pf/rn 4/ 4