Senator Mensch speaks on Senate Resolutions 266 and 270

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Financial Literacy Month

HARRISBURG – Senator Mensch this week in session spoke before the Senate, on Senate Resolution 266 and Senate Resolution 270. Senate Resolution 266 is a resolution that will designate March 2022 as “Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Breast cancer is among the most diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States.  Nearly 14,000 Pennsylvania women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 2,000 will die from it this year.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer is one of many forms of breast cancer and accounts for about 15-30% of all diagnosed invasive breast cancer cases in the United States. Sadly, people diagnosed with metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer have a less than 30% chance of surviving past five (5) years.

“Therefore, it is necessary for us to promote Triple Negative Breast Cancer education, raise awareness among the disease-related disparities, and tackle inequities within the health care delivery such as inadequate access to screening, diagnostic treating and care, and to improve early detection and survival,” said Mensch.

Senate Resolution 270 was also brought to the attention of the Senate this week. Senate Resolution 270 will designate April 2022 as “Financial Literacy Month” within the Commonwealth. Financial Literacy Month, every year, is celebrated in April.  It was first recognized in the United States in April of 2004 to highlight the importance of being financially literate, and to encourage individuals to learn about the ways and techniques that can help them in becoming financially smart and independent.

Financial Literacy Month originated from Youth Literacy Day, which came into existence through the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).  In 2003, Congress showed great support for this designation after both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives passed resolutions requesting President George. W Bush to declare April as Financial Literacy Month.

The house then passed a bill that supported the goals of Financial Literacy Month, requesting the President to implement the month of April to the Federal Government, schools, localities, and non-profit organizations.  It is said that the foundation of a bright future is to develop a budget and increase your financial knowledge.

Because of this, Senator Mensch states, “we hope that we can expand upon that Mr. President, and encourage everyone great financial literacy.”

CONTACT: Lidia Di Fiore  ldifiore@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388