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New cancer legislation in Virginia

On Monday, Gov. Bob McDonnell will ceremonially sign 4 cancer-related bills at VCU's Massey Cancer Center.

Last year, the governor presented $5 million in state funds for cancer research at Massey; this year state support for the center climbed to $7.5 million. The bills are as follows:

HB83/SB544 Mammograms; requires physicians to report dense breast tissue to patients post-mammogram.

HB1273/SB450 Health insurance; requires health insurers to provide coverage for oral chemotherapy on par with coverage provided for intravenously administered or injected anticancer medications

HB1182 Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Fund; allows the fund to provide grants to Virginia's NCI-designated cancer centers to conduct cancer research in the commonwealth's tobacco-dependent counties.

HJ120 Designates Sept. 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

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