National Breast Cancer Coalition

For Immediate Release:

National Breast Cancer Coalition Launches Breast Cancer Caucus for 2016 Presidential Election

“Breast cancer is a political issue” says NBCC President Fran Visco

Washington, D.C.—Today, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) launched its 2016 Breast Cancer Caucus, NBCC's public policy organizing and advocacy effort around the Presidential Election, and recognized the 2016 Presidential Candidates who have endorsed Breast Cancer Deadline2020®.

“Breast cancer is a political issue,” said NBCC President Fran Visco. “Every aspect of breast cancer is touched by public policy. Since NBCC’s inception in 1991, we have been the leading political activists on breast cancer. From increasing the amount of breast cancer research funding to ensuring better access to treatment, NBCC has successfully challenged our federal officials to play a role in ending breast cancer."

Each presidential election cycle, NBCC has conducted a campaign to educate the candidates about the meaningful public policy approaches necessary to end breast cancer and to inform the public where the candidates stand on NBCC's agenda. For the 2016 campaign, NBCC will ask every candidate to endorse Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 and explain what actions they will take on related public policy priorities. NBCC activists intend to hold them to their promises and are once again ready to push for the initiatives needed in order to achieve our mission of ending breast cancer.

On the campaign trail, NBCC’s advocates asked all candidates to endorse Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 and collected endorsements from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate John Kasich. NBCC has now sent a questionnaire to all candidates asking for endorsements of Deadline 2020 and where they stand on our issues. Their responses will be posted on the Breast Cancer Caucus website. The website will be updated with analyses of the candidates’ positions and histories of support for our mission to end breast cancer.

About the National Breast Cancer Coalition

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) is made up of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals whose mission is ending breast cancer through the power of grassroots action and advocacy. Since 1991, NBCC has challenged the status quo and empowered thousands of breast cancer survivors and other stakeholders to become effective advocates who influence all decision making that affects breast cancer. In 2010, NBCC set a deadline and launched a plan of action to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020—Breast Cancer Deadline 2020. As part of the Deadline, NBCC launched an advocate-led, innovative, mission-driven research effort, called the Artemis Project®, which focuses on primary prevention, stopping women and men from getting breast cancer to begin with and preventing metastasis to stop them from dying of it. NBCC also increases federal funding for meaningful breast cancer research, monitors how research funds are spent, and expands access to quality health care for all. 

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