State Representative Cohen Addresses National Forum on Cancer Legislation

Jul. 29, 2008 in Press Releases

State Representative Ellen Cohen was a keynote speaker at “The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer: Coming Together 2008 – A National Forum on Cancer Care in the United States” held July 14 – 15 in Baltimore, Maryland. Representative Cohen recounted the passage of Proposition 15, which established the Cancer and Prevention Research Institute in Texas, to an audience of physicians, administrators, advocates, and policy makers gathered for a national forum on cancer care.

During the 80th session of the Texas legislature in 2007, Cohen, a 38-year breast cancer survivor, was the first House sponsor of Proposition 15. In November 2007, Texas voters approved the constitutional amendment which will fund $3 billion in cancer research grants to conduct research to prevent or cure cancer, support existing research efforts in Texas, and implement the Texas Cancer Plan, a statewide blueprint for cancer prevention and control.

“I am always overwhelmed when I am in the company of people whose goals and passions are to eliminate cancer and improve the quality of life of those affected with it,” said Cohen of her experience in Baltimore. “Following my presentation, people came to me clearly interested in duplicating what we were able to do in passing Proposition 15. Maybe we will see other such bills pass across the United States.”

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

State Representative Ellen Cohen was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006 to represent District 134. District 134 includes all of Bellaire, West University, River Oaks, Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, along with parts of Meyerland and Montrose. For more information, visit, email or call 713-627-0134.