October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For some, this month is a milestone as they celebrate their ongoing recovery from this disease. For others, it is a time to mourn the loss of loved ones who are no longer with us because of breast cancer. For all of us, this month serves as a vivid reminder that breast cancer is still without a cure and increases our resolve to stay the course and commit ourselves, as a nation, to the science and research that will end breast cancer forever.
Breast cancer is an indiscriminate disease that affects women (and men) of all walks of life. According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women in the United States. Over 2.5 million women have a history of breast cancer and, in 2012 alone, about 227,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
As a husband, son, father, and grandfather of a wonderful family of strong, beautiful women, these are not just numbers to me -- as I know they are not for you. These numbers are women who are our wives, sisters, mothers, and daughters. For them -- and for the women who are yet to be born -- we must continue to fund research in pursuit of a cure, and educational programs that help to identify and prevent breast cancer in its early stages.
To learn more about breast cancer, please visit the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health (NIH) at www.cancer.gov.
We can, we must, and we will continue in our relentless pursuit of a cure for breast cancer. Whether this is a month of celebration or remembrance, October reminds us that we, as Americans, must commit ourselves to finding a cure for all of those afflicted with breast cancer.
Mindful that I work for you, I remain
Yours in Freedom,