Drescher's no stranger to Congress, where she'll appear at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226, from 2 to 3 P.M.
She was instrumental in getting the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act passed (by unanimous consent) by the U.S. Congress in 2006. Signed into law in 2007, it directs (and funds) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct an awareness campaign about such cancers, which affect some 78,000 American women each year.
The actress-advocate has written, "It took me two years and eight doctors to get a proper diagnosis of uterine cancer. As a result of my experience... I wrote the bestseller 'Cancer Schmancer' ... founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement and Foundation, and made advocacy for Stage 1 diagnosis of cancer my life's mission."
A cancer survivor for 13 years, the comic actress uses humor to illustrate her very serious point:
"A doctor tells his patient, 'I have good news and bad news. The good news is you have 48 hours to live.' The woman says, 'If that’s the good news, then what’s the bad news?' The doctor answers, 'I was supposed to tell you yesterday.'
"Too many women are being told that they have cancer today, when they should have been told yesterday."
On Thursday, Sept. 19, she will tell you much more about "Women's Cancers: New Science, New Activism".
Joining her in the roundtable meeting will be Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and H. Kim Lyerly, M.D., George Barth Geller Professor of Cancer Research, Duke University School of Medicine. They will discuss environmental risk factors contributing to developing women's cancers (breast, uterine, cervical, and ovarian.)
"Through education, prevention, and policy change, we will revolutionize the way Americans think about cancer," says Drescher.
Her efforts are also international -- Drescher serves as the State Department's Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health issues.
For more info: "Women's Cancers: New Science, New Activism", 226 Senate Dirksen Office Building, Constitution Avenue between First and Second Streets, N.E., Washington, D.C. Sept. 19, 2-3 P.M. Presented by The Heinz Center Bipartisan Initiative on the Prevention of Breast Cancer, http://www.heinzctr.org/content/bipartisan-initiative-prevention-breast-cancer, named for the late Senator John Heinz (R-Penn.), firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-737-6307; Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, http://preventcancer.org/; and Executive Women in Government, http://www.execwomeningov.org/.