Today, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass launched a new section on her official website designed to bring awareness and support to breast cancer patients. The new pages allow visitors to find out how to prevent breast cancer, get help with detection and treatment, send an e-card, and share their story for the Congressional Record.
"October marks a time in the year when we bring awareness to a terrible disease that touches us all, whether it's a grandmother, mother, aunt or daughter" said Rep. Karen Bass. "I personally know the feeling when a family member is lost to breast cancer. My aunts Tomacena and Lillian both died of breast cancer. It's important we do everything we can to help prevent, treat and, ultimately, end breast cancer. There are several federal programs available to our community and I hope this site can help bring awareness and increase access to these important lifesaving programs."
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States. Last year alone, more than 1.3 million people were diagnosed and 50,000 have died from the disease worldwide. To make matters worse, despite best efforts, the chance of women in the United States developing breast cancer has increased over the past several decades from 1 in 11 in 1975 to 1 in 8 today.