The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida presented Florida Sen. Ronda Storms (R-District 10) and Rep. Scott Plakon (R-District 37) with Legislator of the Year Awards Aug. 5 for their roles in getting House Bill 1085: “Kelly Smith Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2011” presented and unanimously passed during the last legislative session.
Since only 1 in 5 types of gynecologic cancers have a diagnostic test, information is the best defense women and girls have in protecting themselves, according to a news release. The act ensures that the Florida Department of Health website includes educational information about gynecologic cancers and encourages public healthcare facilities and providers to display, distribute and make readily available critical information that can help save lives. Public service announcements will be created, and an advocate will be appointed to the Florida State Cancer Council to address gynecologic cancers. •