TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-12.6
Ovarian Cancer Education, Detection, and Prevention

SECTION 23-12.6-3


§ 23-12.6-3 Public policy goals – Department of health.

The department of health, through the Rhode Island Cancer Council, is authorized and mandated to achieve and implement the following public health policy goals as they relate to ovarian cancer in Rhode Island:

(1) The department of health, through the Rhode Island Cancer Council, is mandated to sponsor a yearly public education campaign to expand women's and health care providers awareness about the disease. This campaign shall consist of awareness about the common symptoms of the disease, screening tests, and examinations by gynecologists that can detect the early symptoms of the disease.

(2) The department of health, through the Rhode Island Cancer Council, shall establish as public policy in the state increased funding for research and advocacy for creating genetic testing policies.

(3) The department of health, through the Rhode Island Cancer Council, shall work with major health providers in Rhode Island to research and extend and promote the awareness and understanding of ovarian cancer in order to improve screening and detection tools and to work with the national organizations to assist in finding a cure.

(4) The department of health, through the Rhode Island Cancer Council, shall coordinate the work of ovarian cancer groups, activists, researchers, support groups, and health advocates and shall annually report to the general assembly the progress it is making to advance education, detection and research and improved therapies concerning ovarian cancer affecting women in the state.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1999, ch. 246, § 1.)