WASHINGTON--Cancer ranked high among a package of seven Senate bills
introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), all of them intended to address
women's health issues.
The "Consumer Involvement in Breast Cancer Act" would require
the National Institutes of Health to include breast cancer advocates in
its decision-making on breast cancer research.
Under the "Breast Cancer Screening Act of 1997," the National
Cancer Institute would have to reissue the mammog-raphy guidelines for
women in their 40s that it dropped in 1993.
The "Breast Cancer Research Extension Act of 1997" would increase
the funding authorization for breast cancer research in fiscal year 1998,
which begins Oct. 1, by $59 million, to a total of $590 million.
In addition, Sen. Snowe's "One-Stop Shopping Information Service"
bill, co-introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif), would require the
secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a database of all public
and private clinical trials in the United States that patients with life-threatening
illnesses could access via a toll-free telephone number.