87S31287 BPG-F
  By: Crockett H.R. No. 155
         WHEREAS, Breast cancer is one of the most common types of
  cancer among American women, and each October, Breast Cancer
  Awareness Month helps to highlight the vital importance of
  educating the public about the disease; and
         WHEREAS, One in eight American women will develop breast
  cancer during their lifetime; the American Cancer Society estimates
  that in 2021, more than 281,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed,
  and over 43,000 women will lose their lives to the disease; it is
  the leading cause of death for Hispanic women and the second leading
  cause of death for African American, Asian Pacific, and American
  Indian women; in 2020, more than 18,000 Texans were diagnosed with
  breast cancer; breast cancer is the most common type of cancer
  globally, with more than two million people diagnosed in 2020; and
         WHEREAS, Since 1985, the month of October has been recognized
  nationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result of this
  increased advocacy, billions of dollars have been spent on research
  and education, while many of the brightest scientific minds have
  been devoted to learning more about this disease; in addition, the
  annual event has helped raise awareness about the need for
  mammograms and other types of proactive screening; and
         WHEREAS, These changes are especially significant because
  the issues around women's health have often been insufficiently
  examined by the medical community, resulting in women being
  underdiagnosed and, at times, not receiving lifesaving
  interventions; and
         WHEREAS, The incidence of breast cancer is almost completely
  the same among White and Black women, yet Black women face a
  41 percent higher mortality rate than White women; and
         WHEREAS, Social inequities perpetuate a disparity in
  prevention, treatment, and survival of breast cancer; early
  detection saves lives, and all Texans deserve the best health care
  available, regardless of ability to pay or systemic barriers to
  health care; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby recognize October 2021 as
  Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encourage Texans to seek out more
  information about breast cancer.