Sen. Tammy Baldwin proposes bill to help early detection of breast, cervical cancer

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation for early detection of breast and cervical cancer.

The Wisconsin Democrat’s bill promotes early screening and diagnostic services for low-income women and women who don’t have insurance. It also aims to help women manage challenges such as stress and financial plans.

Experts say an early diagnosis increases survival.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Taj Kattapuram, a radiologist at Gundersen Health System. “Three out of four women have no family history.”

With annual screening and early diagnosis, Kattapuram said they can find cancers when they are smaller and in an early stage and treatable.

She added an early diagnosis can make a significant difference in a patient’s emotional health.

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