At a press conference earlier today, Representatives Nelson Dollar, Julia Howard, Sarah Stevens, and Susan Martin filed a bipartisan bill to provide space on North Carolina’s state income tax form that will allow individuals to donate a portion of their tax refund to support the early detection of breast and cervical cancer as provided by the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.
Representative Dollar, House Bill 164‘s primary sponsor, said that “this bill will create a voluntary revenue stream for taxpayers to directly contribute to a state program whose mission it is to reduce breast and cervical cancer mortality rates in North Carolina through early detection and treatment.”
According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2017, 56,900 new cases of cancer are estimated to occur in North Carolina in the next year. In addition, the ACS report indicates that 20,020 of those cases may result in death. According to the NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, 68,827 women were served through the program in the past five years. “As a breast cancer survivor I understand the importance of early detection which this bill will help make possible for thousands of women statewide,” commented Representative Stevens, who also serves as President Pro Tem of the North Carolina House.
“Without access to this program, an individual may find themselves in the midst of a late-stage diagnosis with limited medical options,” said Representative Howard. “With this added revenue source we could provide thousands of additional screenings to women in dire need each and every year.”
Representative Martin echoed that support: “The North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer program helps ensure that North carolina citizens will have needed access to essential prevention and treatment services.”