Florida Senate - 2011                                    SB 1282
       By Senator Storms
       10-01003A-11                                          20111282__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to women’s health; creating the
    3         Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Education and Awareness
    4         Act; amending s. 381.04015, F.S.; establishing the
    5         Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Program in
    6         the Department of Health; requiring the Department of
    7         Health to disseminate information on gynecologic
    8         cancers to the extent that funding is available;
    9         directing the department to establish a Women’s
   10         Gynecologic Cancer Information Advisory Council;
   11         providing an effective date.
   13         WHEREAS, one of the primary functions of the Department of
   14  Health is to reduce the number of women dying prematurely from
   15  cancer and other deadly diseases through education, research,
   16  better health care, and other means, and
   17         WHEREAS, a coordinated education and awareness program
   18  developed by the department is needed to reduce the number of
   19  women in the state who die from gynecologic cancers, and
   20         WHEREAS, each year in Florida more than 4,500 women are
   21  diagnosed with and 1,700 women die from gynecologic cancers, and
   22         WHEREAS, ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other
   23  gynecologic cancer and ranks fourth as a cause of cancer deaths
   24  among women in the state, and
   25         WHEREAS, when ovarian cancer is found and treated in its
   26  earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is 95 percent, and
   27         WHEREAS, most women who suffer from ovarian cancer are not
   28  diagnosed until the later stages when the disease has spread and
   29  the 5-year survival rate is decreased to 46 percent, and
   30         WHEREAS, approximately half of deaths from ovarian cancer
   31  occur in women over the age of 55 and approximately one-quarter
   32  of deaths from ovarian cancer occur in women between 35 and 54
   33  years of age, and
   34         WHEREAS, because early detection and treatment often mean
   35  the difference between life and death, it is important to
   36  increase awareness of the factors that put women at a higher
   37  risk for gynecologic cancers and educate women regarding the
   38  symptoms of ovarian and other forms of gynecologic cancers and
   39  the range of treatment options available to them, NOW,
   42  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   44         Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Gynecologic and
   45  Ovarian Cancer Education and Awareness Act.”
   46         Section 2. Subsection (3) and (4) of section 381.04015,
   47  Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (4) and (5),
   48  respectively, and a new subsection (3) is added to that section
   49  to read:
   50         381.04015 Women’s Health Strategy; legislative intent;
   51  duties of Officer of Women’s Health Strategy; other state agency
   52  duties.—
   53         (3) The Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Program is
   54  established in the Department of Health. The department shall:
   55         (a) To the extent funds are appropriated for this purpose
   56  or existing federal or state resources are made available to the
   57  department, place priority on providing information to
   58  consumers, patients, and health care providers regarding women’s
   59  gynecologic cancers, including the signs and symptoms, risk
   60  factors, benefits of early detection through appropriate
   61  diagnostic testing, and treatment options. The department shall
   62  publish this information on its website. To the extent feasible,
   63  the department’s website shall include a link directly to the
   64  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for in
   65  depth gynecologic health information. The information may also
   66  be offered in audio, video, electronic, or other media format.
   67         (b) Develop and provide public service announcements and
   68  advertisements that emphasize the early warning signs and risk
   69  factors associated with gynecologic cancers, indicate how
   70  educational materials can be obtained, and encourage women to
   71  discuss the risks of gynecologic cancers with their health care
   72  providers. The department shall seek to obtain federal and state
   73  resources to develop the public service announcements or may use
   74  public service announcements developed by others, including, but
   75  not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
   76  which are provided to the department for this purpose.
   77         (c) Formulate and execute a distribution plan and strategy
   78  to disseminate gynecologic cancer educational materials and
   79  information. The plan shall recommend and encourage individual
   80  public health facilities to obtain gynecologic cancer
   81  educational materials made available by federal, state, and
   82  other resources and display and distribute those materials to
   83  their consumers and patients. The plan shall also recommend and
   84  encourage primary care physicians, gynecologists, private health
   85  care facilities, and hospitals to adopt procedures to display
   86  and distribute gynecologic cancer educational materials to their
   87  consumers and patients, including, but not limited to, those
   88  materials made available by federal, state, and other resources.
   89         (d) By October 1, 2011, appoint a Women’s Gynecologic
   90  Cancer Information Advisory Council to be chaired by the Officer
   91  of Women’s Health Strategy or other appropriate officer of the
   92  department as determined by the Deputy Secretary for Health. The
   93  council shall meet at least biannually. Membership on the
   94  council shall include health care professionals, health care
   95  providers, consumers, patients, and representatives of nonprofit
   96  organizations that concentrate on gynecologic cancers, and other
   97  appropriate representatives as determined by the department.
   98  Members of the council shall receive no compensation for the
   99  performance of their duties under this subsection, but shall be
  100  reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred while
  101  engaged in the performance of those duties.
  102         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.