Washington, DC, May 8, 2013—The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) applauds Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) and Representatives Shelley Moore Capito (R-2-WV) and Kathy Castor (D-14-FL) for their introduction of the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (S. 865/H.R. 1830). This legislation, first introduced in the 112th Congress, is a critical component of NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® initiative to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.
“This nation has made a significant investment in biomedical research and specifically in breast cancer that has brought us to the point where we can apply our knowledge and finally know how to end breast cancer,” said Fran Visco, President of NBCC and a 25-year breast cancer survivor. “This bill is vital to that effort.”
The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act leverages past investments and focuses on identifying strategies for primary prevention, stopping women from getting breast cancer, and understanding and preventing metastasis (the spread of cancer), which is responsible for 90 percent of breast cancer deaths. It would create the Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer to identify promising opportunities, tools, technology and ideas not currently being prioritized for breast cancer by the public and private sectors, but which hold true promise in ending breast cancer.
“Breast cancer continues to affect too many of our mothers, wives, sisters, and friends,” said Senator Whitehouse. “This bill sets an ambitious goal of ending breast cancer by 2020, and will help drive our efforts to put an end to this tragic disease.”
In the United States, the chance of a woman developing breast cancer during her lifetime has increased from 1 in 11 in 1975 to 1 in 8 today. In 1991, 119 women died of breast cancer every day. Last year, that number was estimated to be 108, adding up to nearly 40,000 lost lives. Globally that number was nearly 425,000.
“This Mother’s Day, my husband’s family and many more across the country will be without their mother due to breast cancer. As breast cancer continues to claim tens of thousands of lives each year, Congress should do everything it can to prevent this life threatening disease. That is why I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, which sets the goal of ending deaths from breast cancer by 2020. It is my hope that together we can help save lives,” said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
“It’s hard to find someone whose life has not been touched by breast cancer,” said Senator Heller. “By establishing a commission to help end breast cancer by 2020, it is my hope that we can help save the lives of countless women and unlock the answers to finally defeating this disease. This bill is a step in the right direction, and I am pleased that Members of Congress were once again able to come together in a bipartisan effort to help end breast cancer once and for all.”
This bipartisan support for the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act in both the House and Senate underscores the power of grassroots advocacy, a critical component in Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. Joining Senators Whitehouse and Heller in introducing the legislation were Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Mark Begich (D-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Al Franken (D-MN), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Mark Warner (D-VA). In the House, Reps. Capito and Castor were joined by Reps. Blackburn (R-7-TN), Bass (D-37-CA), Latham (R-3-IA), Loebsack (D-2-IA), Markey (D-5-MA), Moore (D-4-WI) and Tiberi (R-12-OH).
Earlier this week, NBCC hosted its Inaugural Advocate Leadership Summit, which drew breast cancer leaders from across the country. The event culminated in an advocacy day on Capitol Hill during which advocates highlighted the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act and other NBCC legislative and public policy priorities.
About the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) is dedicated to ending breast cancer by January 1, 2020 through the power of grassroots action and advocacy. NBCC supports increasing funding for breast cancer research; monitors how those funds are spent; expands access to quality health care for all; and ensures that trained advocates influence all decision making that impacts breast cancer. Join NBCC, learn more and take action. Visit BreastCancerDeadline2020.org
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