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Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. I thank my good friend for the time.

I strongly support the resolution before us, Mr. Speaker, put forth by my good friend from Florida, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, related to breast cancer screening. It is through more effective screening strategies that we will save lives. Early detection makes the difference in surviving this terrible disease.

As proven by the heroic fight that we heard this morning, the incredible stories of will and perseverance of our colleagues, Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sue Myrick, screening must remain a priority; it must be our mission.

Almost everyone in this country, unfortunately, knows someone who has suffered from breast cancer. But, as is becoming more and more likely, we also know someone who has survived breast cancer, and they have survived breast cancer due to routine screening and early screening and screening for young women.

We must remain vigilant in our efforts to educate, to diagnose, and to treat. Let us make sure that our efforts to defeat this terrible disease is not put in jeopardy because insurance companies do not want to pay for routine screening for young women, screenings that could save their lives.

Thank you, my good friend from Tennessee.

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