Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen attended a recent White House event on Breast Cancer Awareness hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. “I was pleased to be part of this event that focused on the needs that still exist with regards to ensuring that women across the country have access to the type of health care that will include everything from prevention to affordable and appropriate treatment,” Christensen said.
Earlier this month, Christensen participated in a radio awareness program focused on breast cancer and attended the American Cancer Society’s Luncheon on St. Croix last week, hosted by the Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Committee. She applauded Donna Jones and Paul Arnold for their advocacy in the community with regards to support for cancer patients and their families.
The congresswoman pushed to increase the care and coverage of breast cancer with the sponsorship of four bills before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health two weeks ago. She spoke on behalf of and voted for the Mammogram and MRI Availability Act of 2009, the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2009, the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2009, and the Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act of 2009.
Christensen is one of two primary sponsors of the Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act, which seeks to ensure that quality care is provided to all women. She is an original co-sponsor of Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act which seeks to educate young women from 15 to 44 on breast health and early detection. She has also pledged to help restore critical Centers for Disease Control funding for mammogram screenings to the territory.