National Breast Cancer Coalition

Call to Action Online - November 2011

Thanks to You, the Conversation Is Changing

We are changing the conversation everywhere breast cancer is discussed. And in her November blog on the Huffington Post, NBCC President Fran Visco demonstrates just how necessary that is, especially in the media. During October we saw several instances in Huffington, as well as other news outlets, where misinformation about breast cancer was presented as fact. This month Visco speaks out about how this kind of fallacious reporting affects the public’s understanding about the disease.

When we launched Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, we all knew the conversation needed to change. That it was time to talk about what is needed to end breast cancer. And that is happening. Despite the many misunderstandings about the disease that still exist in the public, our advocates continue to speak up and tell the difficult truth that breast cancer is complex. So, thank you. With your involvement, discussions are moving beyond awareness and early detection to how we can end breast cancer. People are talking about Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

Today, scientists are asking themselves if their research will actually help us reach our goal to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Politicians on Capitol Hill are moving our legislation forward and now the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (HR 3067) has been introduced at a time when Congress has earned a reputation for listening to no one and doing little. But our advocates—you—succeeded in getting bipartisan breast cancer legislation introduced in the House this September.

It is virtually impossible to make progress if you try to go it alone. But as a coalition, a collaboration, a movement, anything is possible. Nothing has proven that more clearly than a quick look at the 20 years of NBCC accomplishments since our inception. Our most recent Annual Report highlights the milestones of the first year of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. As we push forward toward our ultimate accomplishment—the end of breast cancer by January 1, 2020—we are clear about the steps we must take to achieve the goals of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. We are clear we cannot achieve our goal without your help and continued support.

But we’ve got much more to do. A famous peace activist once said, "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it." All of us at NBCC are grateful to have you by our side.

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Breast Cancer Legislation Introduced into the US House of Representatives

At the end of September, Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA) and Charlie Bass (R-NH) introduced legislation NBCC worked throughout the year to craft, Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (HR 3067).

When passed, this legislation will establish a commission tasked with helping end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Specifically, the commission would look for opportunities—ideas, tools, technology—in government and private industry that are not currently being applied to ending breast cancer and bring them together to focus on the goal.

The legislation also seeks to make sure the best ideas are funded—another step toward ensuring that  the dollars we are spending for breast cancer research are used wisely. The goal is to leverage the investment we have all made in this issue over the past decades and apply what we've learned to the goal of meeting Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

While this is a great victory, our work is far from done. We still need more members of Congress to co-sponsor this legislation to ensure it passes. Currently we have more than 50 co-sponsors. But we need every Representative’s name on this list. If your Representative has already co-sponsored the legislation, please take a moment to thank him or her. If she or he has not, contact them now to make it happen.

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You Make a Difference!

Each of us has tremendous power.
Exercise yours today.

Email your Members of Congress and ask them to support HR 3067, Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act.
Then, thank them.

Email Your Representative Now

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