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Women's Health

As a mother, a wife, and the only female physician Member of Congress, I appreciate the unique opportunity I have to protect and promote women’s health.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month compels all of us to recognize the importance of regular screening and early detection of breast cancer.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer.  The National Cancer Institute estimates over 230,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.  And these are not “cases,” but women, with families and friends who share the burden of fighting a potentially deadly foe.

So, as Congress works to strengthen and reform our health care, we must continue to develop technology to mitigate and eliminate disease that disrupts lives and hurts our communities.  Early detection and timely treatment of breast cancer is crucial to effective therapy, and research is integral to achieving this goal.  With this in mind, I have supported continued funding for the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s preeminent medical research center, in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, and I have supported various other legislative measures directed towards detection and treatment of breast cancer.  I am also a cosponsor of H.R. 466, legislation to extend for four years the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a charity stamp to raise funds for breast cancer research.

As part of our team’s effort to promote and protect women’s health, we have been participating in breast cancer awareness events throughout the Nineteenth District of New York.  Please share your ideas about what we can be doing in Congress to protect women’s health here.  We hope you will join us!



Nan Hayworth, M.D.


Hayworth Supports Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the Hudson Valley


Congresswoman Hayworth at the "Miles of Hope" Silhouette of a Woman Fashion Show

Congresswoman Hayworth, M.D. at the Silhouette of a Woman fashion show benefiting Miles of Hope at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Thursday, October 27th, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.


Congresswoman Hayworth joins Goldstein Lieberman & Company in check presentation ceremony to Breast Cancer Options in support of "Think Pink Locally"

A check presentation to Breast Cancer Options, a local provider of grassroots, non-hospital based services for women with breast cancer, was held Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at the Goshen offices of New York Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D.  At the check presentation ceremony, Congresswoman Hayworth had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Breast Cancer Options to receive information about the services the organization provides to women affected by breast cancer in five counties in the Hudson Valley Region.

Read more about this event in a release published by Goldstein Leiberman & Company here.


Congresswoman Hayworth joins "Miles of Hope" Community Walk for Breast Cancer

Congresswoman Hayworth, M.D. attended the “Miles of Hope” 9th Annual Community Walk for Breast Cancer in support of the organization's mission of providing support services for people fighting breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. This year's community walk was held at the Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY, where more than 500 walkers came out to support loves ones who have been affected by breast cancer.



Congresswoman Hayworth Participates in Support Connection's 17th Annual Support-A-Walk Fighting Breast and Ovarian Cancer

On Sunday, October 2, 2011, at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights, NY, Congresswoman Hayworth, M.D. participated in the17th Annual Support-A-Walk, hosted by the Support Connection organization, where teams and individuals walked to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer, and to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.


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