Senator Clinton Greets New York Breast Cancer Survivors, Advocates In Washington, DC
Vows to continue the fight against the devastating disease
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met with over 60 breast cancer survivors and advocates from New York yesterday and pledged to continue working with them in the fight against the disease.
"Breast cancer is a disease that touches so many individuals, but impacts so many more. Too many of us have lost someone to this devastating disease, or known someone who had to cope with its terrible consequences," Senator Clinton said.
"We all hope that sometime in the not-too-distant future, the incidence of breast cancer will be dramatically reduced and we will be able to provide highly-effective, high-quality treatment that will save lives. But to realize that dream, we need to do everything we can to support funding for research, detection and treatment," Senator Clinton said. "This is a global fight and one that we must win."
The survivors and advocates, from across New York - including Buffalo, Rochester, Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley, the Capitol Region and the Finger Lakes - were in Washington, DC as delegates to the National Breast Cancer Coalition's (NBCC) annual Lobby Day, where activists unite in the nation's capital to raise awareness about this disease.
Senator Clinton has long supported programs targeting breast cancer. She has fought to increase support for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program which has been instrumental in increasing overall research dollars for breast cancer research. This year, she is once again supporting efforts to appropriate $150 million in funding for this program. Senator Clinton also recently offered an amendment to S. 1955, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, as the bill was considered in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, that would help preserve access to state-mandated women's health services, including mammograms.
Senator Clinton was an original cosponsor, along with Senator Lincoln Chaffee (R-RI) of the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act, which gives the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) grant making authority to develop research centers that examine potential environmental causes of breast cancer. She has also reintroduced the Coordinated Environmental Health Network Act, which will allow for the establishment of a body of data on possible environmental causes of diseases. In gathering such information, we can determine how pollution contributes to cancer rates, so that we can decrease exposure to environmental carcinogens.
Senator Clinton is also committed to preserving the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program. This legislation, passed in the 106th Congress, allowed states to receive an enhanced federal match if they provided optional Medicaid coverage to low-income women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer.
Last year, Senator Clinton was inducted into the National Breast Cancer Coalition's (NBCC) Congressional Hall of Fame. Senator Clinton was selected for her efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer and advocate for additional funding for research.