WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVDN) – On July 11, 2023, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues – led by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) – to reintroduce the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act. This legislation aims to promote increased exploration into the prevention and management of lung cancer among women, with a specific focus on non-smokers.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 59,910 women will die of lung cancer in 2023, and one in five women diagnosed with this illness are lifetime non-smokers. A 2022 report from the American Lung Association revealed that West Virginia had the second highest lung cancer incident rate and the highest rate of adult smokers in the United States.
“As a state, West Virginia is disproportionately impacted by lung cancer. While our numbers have improved in recent years, we must continue to expand both preventive efforts, as well as management. I’m proud to join my colleagues to reintroduce legislation that will work to improve treatment and prevention of lung cancer in women,” Senator Capito said.
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