Chuck Fleischmann

Chuck Fleischmann


OP-ED: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1989. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity to learn more about breast screening guidelines that have been the subject of controversy in recent years.

While the value of early detection is widely recognized, conflicting screening recommendations can cause confusion about the age, frequency and method of screening. Why is there a lack of consensus? There are several reasons, including differing interpretations of data and changing screening or treatment options. Conflicting judgments about how to assess the benefits and harms of screening also play a role. In order to determine what is best for you, it may be helpful to learn more about the guidelines-making institutions and organizations, and about how their recommendations differ.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are three respected organizations that are frequently referenced and provide differing guidelines. Specifically:

  • The USPSTF recommends biennial mammography for women ages 50 to 74, as evidence shows women in this age range benefit the most from screening. For women ages 40 to 49, the Task Force encourages women to speak to their doctors to decide whether screening is appropriate for them.
  • NCCN, an alliance of 27 leading cancer centers,  recommends women at average risk at age 40 and older receive an annual mammogram and consider Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT). DBT can reduce false-positives and may be particularly beneficial to women with dense breasts.
  • ACS advises that women ages 40-44 decide with their health care professionals about when to start receiving mammograms. ACS also recommends that women ages 45-54 receive yearly mammograms, and at age 55 and older get mammograms every two years - though women who want to keep having yearly mammograms should be able to do so.  

As screening and treatment options for breast cancer continue to evolve, we can expect guidelines to evolve as well. A consensus among organizations that issue screening guidelines would make decision-making easier, but until then, you can be your own best advocate and discuss your options with your health care professional. Decide together when to start screening, how often to be screened and which screening method to choose, taking into consideration your family history and personal risk factors.

Mammograms can and do save many lives. Get screened. To find out more, visit

Brenda Fleischmann is a member of the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the spouse of U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann.


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Oak Ridge National Laboratory's New Chattanooga Office to Link Lab to Companies


U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who led the effort to secure the office, said ORNL is "open for business in Chattanooga." Read More

RELEASE: Fleischmann Welcomes Chattanooga ORNL Office


Fleischmann Welcomes Chattanooga ORNL Office

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN – 03) is pleased to be a part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory opening an office in downtown Chattanooga.  Several world class facilities at the lab have been used to solve business and manufacturing problems for corporations nationwide and the lab will now focus on the Chattanooga area.

“I have strongly advocated over the last several years to connect the state-of-the-art technology assets of Oak Ridge National Lab with the entrepreneurial business strength of Chattanooga,” said Fleischmann. “The event will mark a pivotal day for the Chattanooga area. I look forward to this new partnership increasing manufacturing productivity, creating jobs and fostering new business startups.”

Fleischmann met frequently with officials from the EPB, Enterprise Center, Hamilton County, the City of Chattanooga, and Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce to make this partnership a reality. It was after he led visits between both cities that Fleischmann’s goal of a Chattanooga ORNL office became a reality.  He is now proud to join these same partners to host the office opening and help announce the Chattanooga ORNL representative.

Details for the event can be found below:

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Press Conference: 10:00am

Participants: Congressman Chuck Fleischmann

                       Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger

                       City of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke

                       Dr. Thom Mason, President and CEO UT-Battelle

                       Dr. Thomas Zacharia, Senior Vice President UT-Battelle            

           L. Joe Ferguson, EPB Chairman of the Board

Location: EPB Downtown, 10 West M.L. King Blvd., 7th Floor Community Room


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Hamilton County Sheriff to Hire Six New School Resource Officers


The sheriff was surprised to be awarded the grant again this year, he said, and credited U.S. Rep Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., with advocating for the money. Read More

Fred Thompson Courthouse Coming to Nashville?


U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) along with U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.), Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill to name the new Nashville federal courthouse in honor of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson. Read More

Rep. Fleischmann Honors Father Patrick Ryan


On Thursday, September 22, 2016 Congressman Fleischmann honored Father Patrick Ryan on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Father Ryan, the pastor of Saints Peter and Paul's parish in Chattanooga from 1872 to 1878, was a shepherd who gave his life in ministering to his flock. He died a martyr's death in the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 when he was only 33 years old.

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RELEASE: Fleischmann Welcomes TN Veterans


Fleischmann Welcomes Veterans to D.C.

Washington, D.C.— Today Congressman Chuck Fleischmann welcomed veterans with Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee to Washington.  The veterans are in the nation’s capital visiting the monuments built in honor of their service.

“As the proud son of a WWII veteran, welcoming these legendary veterans to Washington, D.C. is an incredible honor,” said Fleischmann. 

Pictures of Congressman Fleischmann meeting with veterans from Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Oak Ridge at the World War II Memorial can be found on the Congressman's Facebook page.

Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee was established in 2008 and is dedicated to honoring the brave service of Tennesseans who fought in World War II and the Korean War. 


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Fleischmann Supports Post Office Naming After Marine


Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) rises in support of HR 5612, which designates the facility of the US Postal Service located at 2886 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, Georgia, as the "Marine Lance Corporal Squire Skip Wells Post Office Building".


Wells was one of five service members killed during the Chattanooga Terrorist Attack in July 2015.

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STATEMENT: Fleischmann on Terrorist Attacks


The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Chuck Fleischmann:

"I am deeply saddened by this weekend's terrorist attacks in New York City, New Jersey and Minnesota. I am praying for those injured and my heart goes out to their families," said Fleischmann. "Although the investigations are ongoing, we do know that each attack was intentional. Please know I will continue to monitor these situations very closely."


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Warner, Paul Applaud House Action on Cost-cutters Legislation


U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) applauded the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for passing U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s (R-TN) H.R. 2532, the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act. Read More

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Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is a conservative Republican who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee. The District is made-up of 11 counties: Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott and Union.

Chuck received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois. He received both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He then went to the University of Tennessee law school where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence.

For 24 years Chuck and his wife ran a small business together in Chattanooga after they both graduated from law school at the University of Tennessee.

Chuck has served on the board of the National Craniofacial Association and on the board of the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and chairman of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.

During his first two years in Congress, Chuck voted to repeal Obamacare, cut $1.6 trillion from the federal budget and has a 100% pro-life and 2nd amendment voting record.

Chuck serves on the Appropriations Committee which is vitally important to the residents of the 3rd District.

Chuck and his wife, Brenda, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee with their 3 boys: Chuckie, Jamie and Jeffrey.

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Phil Roe


John Duncan


Scott DesJarlais


Diane Black


Marsha Blackburn


Stephen Fincher


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