Senate Resolution Declares February
"Turner Syndrome Awareness Month"
February 17, 2014 – Tom Joseph
Resolution 298, which passed unanimously, designates February, 2014 as
"Turner Syndrome Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania. Turner Syndrome is
a chromosomal condition that occurs when one of the X chromosomes normally
found in females is missing or contains structural defects. The sponsor of this
resolution is Senator John Blake of Lackawanna County.
there is no known cause for this condition which affects 1 out of every 2,500
live female births. Symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the
chromosomal defect, but almost all girls and women with the syndrome experience
ovarian failure and infertility. Other characteristics of Turner Syndrome
include congenital heart disease, osteoporosis, type II diabetes, obesity, and
non-verbal learning disabilities. A disproportionately small amount of funding
is available for Turner Syndrome research and support. Though, with the help of
medical specialists and a good social support system, a woman with Turner
Syndrome can live a happy and healthy life.
designating "Turner Syndrome Awareness Month," the state can provide
physicians and family members the opportunity to share experiences and
information with the general public in order to raise awareness, as well as
provide support and comfort to those living with this rare disorder.