As many already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s our responsibility as a community to join together to raise awareness for a disease that affects our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends. I know that many have been touched by this illness on a very personal level and that it has changed the lives of countless Ohioans, including those in my family as my mother battles the disease.


As research continues on the disease and strides are made in the area of finding a cure, anyone can influence the work to eradicate the illness. Just understanding breast cancer and knowing how to detect signs of the disease early on can make a significant difference.


The statistics about breast cancer speak for themselves. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease over the course of their lifetime. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of death among women in the United States.  It’s also important to note that breast cancer is not just an issue we are facing here in the U.S., but it has substantial global implications as the most common cancer among women worldwide.


There is hope, however. Experts have seen a gradual reduction in women diagnosed with breast cancer aged 50 and older. Death rates have also consistently declined since the 1990s due to efforts that encourage better screenings, early detection, awareness and improved treatment options. Together we hold in our hands the ability to change the startling statistics attached to breast cancer. We can raise awareness, we can volunteer locally, we can encourage regular checkups and mammograms, and we can keep the conversation about breast cancer going so that someday, there will be a world where breast cancer no longer exists.

 
 
 
  
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Representative Scherer Sworn In As State Representative Of The 92nd House District

 
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State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 92nd Ohio House District, which includes Fayette County, as well as portions of Pickaway and Ross counties.  This will be his third full term as state representative.



 
 

Rep. Scherer Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Survey

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) has set up an online legislative survey in an effort to gain feedback from the residents of the 92nd Ohio House District regarding a variety of state issues. The survey can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/SchererSurvey2013.



 
 

"Shared Work" Program Passes House

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed Sub. House Bill 37,, legislation sponsored by State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) to help prevent layoffs across the state. The bill is now headed to the Ohio Senate where a companion bill has already passed, indicating a likelihood of bill passage in the near future.