Today, U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV.) and David Vitter (R-LA), introduced the Mobile Mammography Promotion Act (S. 490), which ensures continued access to breast cancer screening in underserved areas throughout the United States.
"As someone whose family has been touched by breast cancer, I understand the importance of early detection. Women in underserved communities throughout Nevada rely on mobile mammography units and in this economic downturn, their access should not be compromised. This legislation is a simple way to help mobile mammography units continue serving women in our communities in an effort to help eradicate this horrible disease. I am grateful for Senator Vitter's support as we push this legislation forward," said Senator Dean Heller.
"Breast cancer is an issue very close to my and Wendy's family as Wendy's mother died of breast cancer when Wendy was young," said Vitter. "I have been committed to working in the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to increase early detection, prevention, screening, research and resources for breast cancer patients and their families. Our bill would help provide on-site mammograms to women in both urban and rural areas that may not currently receive screenings and preventive care. This would give thousands more women a fighting chance to combat this terrible disease through early detection."
Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States, resulting in an estimated 211,731 new cases per year. The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection, and too many women in underserved areas do not have adequate access to such care. Heller and Vitter's bill will help mobile mammography units continue providing screening services for women in underserved areas during this economic downturn. Specifically, it allows "mammovans" to purchase fuel without the federal excise tax. This provision is modeled after several existing exemptions for flood centers and other entities.