Rapp Resolution Designates November as Retinoblastoma Awareness Month
11/17/2009
Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), House Resolution 514 to officially designate November 2009 as “Retinoblastoma Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania unanimously passed the state House on Monday.
 
“The purpose of Retinoblastoma Awareness Month is to encourage all Pennsylvania citizens to make themselves, their families and their communities aware of the risks of this life-threatening eye disease and, most importantly, recognizing the need for early childhood screening, diagnosis and treatment whenever necessary,” said Rapp. “Untreated, retinoblastoma is almost always fatal, but with early detection and appropriate treatment, the overall survival rate increases to 90 percent.”
 
Retinoblastoma is a cancerous disease resulting in malignant tumors on the retina.   Children born with this disease are rarely diagnosed at birth and in two-thirds of cases diagnosed each year in the United States there is no family history. The average age of diagnosis is 18 months and 95 percent of all cases occur in children under five years of age.
 
Representative Rapp encourages Pennsylvania citizens to seek out more information online at Retinoblastoma.net.
 
Rep. Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 723-5203
(717) 787-1367
Contact: Ty McCauslin
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9979