Senator Mensch and Staff Recognize October as Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

HARRISBURG – October is both Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Both are of utmost importance, and that is why Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) and his staff wore pink and purple this month to raise awareness of these issues.

On October 13, Senator Mensch and his staff wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness for the disease. Both breast cancer awareness and breast health are equally important. Senator Mensch’s legislation, Senate Bill 595, was recently signed into law and requires insurers to cover breast MRIs and ultrasounds for women with very dense breasts and other high-risk factors for breast cancer.

“There’s probably no bill I’ve been involved in that has more of a personal meaning to me, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to get the bill this far,” said Mensch during his floor remarks on the bill. “Every woman deserves the best breast cancer screening that is available, and Senate Bill 595 is a significant step toward recognizing breast density as an increased risk factor.”

On October 22, also known as ‘Purple Thursday’, Senator Mensch and his staff wore purple to honor those affected by domestic violence, and to raise awareness for this significant issue. This month is also about learning how to recognize domestic violence and what we can all do to collectively prevent it. In 2019, 112 victims died in Pennsylvania from domestic violence incidents.

“As a State Senator, I will continue to support legislation that helps all victims of abuse,” said Mensch.

For resources on breast cancer and breast health, or volunteer opportunities, visit  https://www.pabreastcancer.org/.

For resources on domestic violence and how to help, visit: https://www.pcadv.org/.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

 

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388