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Four Laws Taking On Cancer Signed In Virginia

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A package of legislation aimed at boosting the fight against cancer was signed during a special ceremony. The focus of the new laws is a multi-pronged approach to cancer research, treatment, and education.

One new law signed by Governor McDonnell ensures that health plans provide the same access to intravenous and oral chemotherapy: "Particularly in some of the rural areas where traveling long distances to be able to get access to intravenous chemotherapy works an incredible hardship, this is a great new modality now that is equally effective, I understand."

Another law signed requires doctors to notify women whose mammograms may not be read accurately due to dense tissue and educate them about effects that could lead to cancer.

House Speaker Bill Howell said a third law allows the Tobacco Commission to provide cancer research grants for VCU and UVA: "I think that legislation is going to have a tremendous impact, because it has the potential to provide a stream of income for research at these two great universities," says Howell.

And, finally, a fourth law designates September 26 each year as a day to focus on mesothelioma to raise public awareness.

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