Resolution in Support of ‘Ending Cervical Cancer in Our Lifetime’

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WHEREAS, cervical cancer is a nearly preventable disease, yet 11,150 American women are expected to be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2007 and about 3,700 will die from it, according to the American Cancer Society, and

WHEREAS, cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in women and it may be curable if found at an early stage, and

WHEREAS, a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) causes 99.7 percent of all cervical cancer cases and whereas nearly all sexually active adults will be infected with HPV at some point in their life since HPV is spread by skin to skin contact in the genital area, according to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and

WHEREAS, HPV causes no symptoms and usually goes away on its own, however, high-risk HPV which stays in the body a period of years can cause cervical cancer, and

WHEREAS, a Pap test, a simple, painless test done in minutes in a doctor’s office or clinic, may detect abnormal cells in the cervix caused by HPV which precede cervical cancer, and

WHEREAS, cervical cancer can be prevented or cured by removing the abnormal cells before they become cancerous and whereas, often, there are no early symptoms so women should have Pap tests done regularly, and

WHEREAS, according to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer affects women in every demographic, with the incidence and mortality rate of cervical cancer highest among African American and Hispanic women, and with more than half the women who now develop cervical cancer having either rarely or never had a Pap test, and

WHEREAS, if a woman thinks she cannot afford a Pap test, she should call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) where she will be connected with a program in her state providing free or low-cost Pap testing to low-income, uninsured, and underserved women, and

WHEREAS, The Council of State Governments 2006 Resolution on Adult Preventive Health Care Services resolved to encourage leaders to become champions in the arena of disease prevention policy and wellness, and

WHEREAS, The Council of State Governments 2006 Resolution on Cervical Cancer directed CSG to support state efforts to develop and implement educational campaigns on cervical cancer, and

WHEREAS, the nation’s “seconds-in-command” through the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) ‘Ending Cervical Cancer in our Lifetime’ campaign are now distributing information about HPV, cervical cancer, abstinence, the availability of Pap smears, and the availability of a HPV vaccine to people so they make the connection between the virus and the cancer and make informed decisions on their health, and

WHEREAS, NLGA is an affiliate of CSG, and

WHEREAS, this campaign is reaching 16 states and territories to date, and
WHEREAS, the well-designed, comprehensive and wholly educational nature of this original campaign has received recognition from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Women in Government (WIG), and the Advertising Club,

NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports the NLGA effort and the ‘Ending Cervical Cancer in our Lifetime’ campaign, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that state officials support comprehensive education on the established facts regarding cervical cancer including abstinence, Pap testing and its availability, and the availability of a HPV vaccine, and that this support may be in the form of personal initiative, legislative, budgetary or executive authority, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, CSG will establish a Web link to the NLGA educational web site on the topic via this resolution, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, CSG will encourage multi-branch opportunities for education, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we can end cervical cancer in our lifetime. Pass the information on to someone you know and help save a life.

Adopted this 14th Day of November, 2007 at the CSG Annual State Trends and Leadership Forum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma