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It's not just the month for ghouls and goblins, jack-o-lanterns, and haunted houses. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- a time when we honor the lives lost, celebrate the courageous survivors, and push forward in our efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

You may be interested to know that each year I work with a dedicated group of colleagues to secure funding for the federal government's most important contribution to the battle against breast cancer. Since it began in 1992, the peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP), which is housed at the Department of Defense, has led the way in the development of breast cancer prevention and treatment and continues to bring us closer to finding a cure.

This year, I'm also a co-sponsor of H.R. 3067, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, to combine progress in the private and government sectors to help end breast cancer. We all know someone who has battled breast cancer; in fact this year alone, approximately 290,000 women and 2,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will lose their battle. Rest assured, I'm committed to keeping up the fight to end breast cancer -- not just in October -- but at every opportunity. Visit www.cancer.gov to learn more about symptoms and treatment options.


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