National Breast Cancer Coalition

Myth #24: My Senators and Members of Congress have no role in what happens in breast cancer

FALSE. Breast cancer is a political issue. Congress and the Administration make important funding and policy decisions in breast cancer detection, prevention, treatment and care.

The government is the only body with access to the amount of money needed to perform the appropriate breast cancer research, and explore cause and effect relationships that could lead to breast cancer prevention and a cure. Sustained and significant involvement on the federal level is the only way to end breast cancer.

Elected officials also have the power to change systems of access to care and treatment, including the reform of the health care system, regulation of the drug approval process and public health campaigns and access to new drugs. This is why, since our founding, NBCC has addressed breast cancer as a political issue.

Make sure your members of Congress know where you stand in the mission to end breast cancer.