Conroy seeks breast cancer study

State Rep. Theresa Conroy, D-105th

State Rep. Theresa Conroy, D-105th

Legislation introduced by State Rep. Theresa Conroy, D-105th District, was the subject of a public hearing Wednesday by the Legislature’s Public Health Committee.  The bill, HB 5728, would commission a study of breast cancer rates in Connecticut.
As a board member of Seymour Pink, Inc., a non-profit, all volunteer organization with the slogan “A Community’s Fight Against Breast Cancer,” Conroy became aware of the state’s ranking as #2 in the country for incidences of breast cancer.
“As a state, we have done great work in screening and identifying breast cancer, along with having premium health agencies and hospitals that work to treat breast cancer,” Conroy said. “However, no real data is available to identify any possible causes, such as environmental, that may be contributing to the high incidence. The next stage in fighting breast cancer needs to be finding out the reason why.”
Conroy was joined at the public hearing by Seymour resident Marci White, a mother of two young children, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.
“Women in their 20’s and 30’s should not be dealing with this horrific disease when they should be concentrating on raising their young children,” Rep. Conroy said.
In testimony before the committee, White said, “I want to preserve my hometown and protect the next generation. Please help our state learn why we have such a high rate of breast cancer.”

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