State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman’s (D- Parma) legislation, House Bill (HB) 230 was signed into law Tuesday. HB 230 would designate May as Brain Cancer Awareness Month.
“I am very pleased to have this important piece of legislation signed into law by Gov. DeWine,” said Crossman. “We needed HB 230 to help create awareness around brain cancer because this disease is most often quickly fatal—there simply aren’t many survivors to help advocate for more research—therefore, it’s incumbent on us, the survivors of loved ones that have experienced this disease, to advocate on behalf of the other thousands of Ohioans who are affected by brain cancer each year. This legislation will help raise awareness of the seriousness and effects brain cancer has, not only on the patient but on the many families affected by the disease, as well. It is my sincerest hope that this legislation will bring about innovation so that others can have hope that advanced treatments and a cure may reach us soon.”
“We are so grateful to Rep. Crossman and all who testified to make May Brain Cancer Awareness Month,” said Jenna Heilman, Executive Director of Head for the Cure. “This is one step forward to building awareness to fight this disease in honor of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by a brain tumor diagnosis."
Rep. Crossman, having dealt with brain cancer in his immediate family, knows the emotional and financial burden associated with the disease. He says it is important that Ohio continues to bring awareness about brain cancer. Funding and research is crucial to dealing with the staggering statistics affecting patients. Brain cancer is the leading type of cancer affecting children under 19.
Brain tumors have the highest per-patient initial cost of care of any cancer group.
- Brain and CNS tumors are the most prevalent form of pediatric cancer in kids under 19.
- Median age is 60
- More than any other cancer, brain tumors can have lasting and life altering physical, cognitive, and psychological impacts on a patient’s life.
- Brain tumors have the highest per- patient initial cost of care for any cancer group, with an annualized mean net costs of care in 2010 US dollars at well over 100,000 dollars.
- An estimated 700,000 Americans are living with a brain tumor.
- Brain tumors are the second most common cancer among children 0-14. They are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this age group, outpacing even leukemia according to a 2016 report.