State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) appeared today before the Ohio House of Representatives Health Committee to introduce House Bill (HB) 230, which would recognize May as Brain Cancer Awareness Month in Ohio.
“A bill such as this can create meaningful change, and it is my hope to that elevating awareness helps in raising funds for more cancer research and treatment options,” said Crossman. “Bringing awareness to this disease is also a crucial part of making a difference in a patient’s survival rate and care while in treatment.”
The effects of brain cancer can have lasting and life altering physical, cognitive and psychological impacts on a patient’s life. While the median age of the disease is 60, brain cancer impacts an estimated 700,000 Americans of all ages and is the leading type of cancer affecting kids under 19. Additionally, brain tumors have the highest per-patient initial cost of care for any cancer group, with an average annual cost of well over $100,000.
“Having dealt with brain cancer in my immediate family, I know firsthand the emotional and financial burdens that other Ohioans face when dealing with this disease,” added Crossman. “It is important that our state demonstrate its commitment to finding a cure and supporting the many persons and their families that deal with one of the top ten causes of cancer deaths.”
To learn more about this disease, visit the National Brain Tumor Society website for more information.