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ACR-94 Inflammatory Breast Cancer Awareness Day of 2019.(2019-2020)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 94
CHAPTER 126

Relative to public health.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  August 16, 2019. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 94, Reyes. Inflammatory Breast Cancer Awareness Day of 2019.
This measure would declare October 3, 2019, as Inflammatory Breast Cancer Awareness Day of 2019, and encourage all Californians to learn about this rare and aggressive type of breast cancer and support all people who are impacted by a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer in which the cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast; and
WHEREAS, Inflammatory breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen, red, and inflamed, and most inflammatory breast cancers develop from cells that line the milk ducts of the breast and then spread; and
WHEREAS, The symptoms and presentation of inflammatory breast cancer are different from other types of more common breast cancer, and therefore can be more difficult to diagnose, such as it does not present as a lump in most cases and thus can be missed by a routine mammogram; and
WHEREAS, The difficulty and delay of diagnosing inflammatory breast cancer is especially devastating because the cancer progresses rapidly, often in a matter of weeks or months, resulting in many diagnoses at an advanced stage of the cancer; and
WHEREAS, Since inflammatory breast cancer and treatment is incredibly physically disabling, a diagnosis can often mean a patient quickly qualifies for supportive services and benefits; and
WHEREAS, Compared with other types of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer tends to be diagnosed in women of younger ages, and the ages of women being diagnosed is getting younger and younger; and
WHEREAS, As with other types of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer can occur in men; and
WHEREAS, Many hardworking organizations, such as Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer, Inc., are diligently working to increase awareness of the disease in the public and medical communities; and
WHEREAS, All people diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer need recognition of their condition, compassionate medical treatment, and support for their recovery; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby declares October 3, 2019, as Inflammatory Breast Cancer Awareness Day of 2019, and encourages all Californians to learn about this rare and aggressive type of breast cancer and support all people who are impacted by a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.