Willis Backs Resolution Calling for Awareness to Ovarian Cancer and Resources for Patients

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle in supporting a measure to bring awareness to ovarian cancer and the need to provide funding for preventative women’s healthcare screenings.

“Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease that when diagnosed early can greatly increase a woman’s chance of survival,” said Willis. “When programs are eliminated, such as cancer screenings for women, it puts lives in greater danger.”

House Resolution 993, supported by Willis, calls attention to Ovarian Cancer by declaring the week of September 11th through the 17th as “Ovarian Cyst Awareness Week” in Illinois. Every year, more than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Of these diagnoses, over 75 percent are not found until the cancer has already reached an advanced state. Women who develop ovarian cancer have a much better survival rate if the disease is diagnosed early. However, the longer the delay to diagnose, the smaller the likelihood of survival. Every year, 15,000 women die from the disease. As funding for cancer screenings continue to be cut by Governor Rauner, many are concerned women will not have access to have the disease diagnosed until it is too late.

“I remain committed to passing a budget that is fair to taxpayers and provides the services we need for our communities, especially cancer screenings for women,” said Willis. “We need to make sure that the women in our neighborhoods have the healthcare resources they deserve.”

Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.